Scott Arnold

Executive Editor,
HPAC Engineering

Described by a colleague as "a cyborg ... requir(ing) virtually no sleep, no time off, and bland nourishment that can be consumed while at his desk" who was sent "back from the future not to terminate anyone, but with the prime directive 'to edit dry technical copy' in order to save the world at a later date," Scott Arnold joined the editorial staff of HPAC Engineering in 1999. Prior to that, he worked as an editor for daily newspapers and a specialty-publications company. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University.

Report Highlights 
Key Building-Industry Priorities
Recommendations implementable in the near term that can serve as the basis for a national building policy are contained in the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council’s recently released 2013 report, “Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations From the Consultative Council.”
Meet the 2014 IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Recipients
In 2010, technology and consulting company IBM created the Smarter Cities Challenge, a competitive grant program intended to help cities address critical issues. For 2014, these 16 cities and regions were selected from more than 100 applicants from around the world.
Green Building Council Names Top 10 Countries for LEED Outside U.S.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released its ranking of the top 10 countries for the USGBC’s LEED green-building certification system outside of the United States.
HPAC Engineering Advisor, Colleague Receive Defense Department Honor
HPAC Engineering Editorial Advisory Board member Michael K. West, PhD, PE, building-systems scientist, and Richard Combes, PhD, PE, energy-efficiency engineer, of AdvanTek Inc. recently received the 2013 Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Energy and Water Project of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Jason Silva, host of National Geographic Channel’s “Brain Games.”
‘Brain Games’ Host to Honeywell Users Group: Don’t Fear the Future
Self-proclaimed "wonder junkie" Jason Silva, host of National Geographic Channel’s “Brain Games,” served up “philosophical shots of espresso” as he delivered the keynote address at the 2014 Honeywell Users Group (HUG) in Scottsdale, Ariz., June 9, urging a crowd of 700 to embrace the future and all of its possibilities.
Kofi Smith, executive director of Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corp.
2014 Honeywell Users Group: Lessons in Becoming a ‘Game Changer’
During the 2014 Honeywell Users Group (HUG) in Scottsdale, Ariz., this morning, Kofi Smith, executive director of Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corp., the organization responsible for operations and maintenance at the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, shared pages from the “playbook of success.”
Energy Department Launches National Geothermal Data System 1
The U.S. Department of Energy recently launched the National Geothermal Data System, a free online tool intended to accelerate research and development to drive down the cost and improve the accuracy of subsurface exploration while encouraging investment in geothermal-energy production.
Air-Conditioning Refrigerants Subject of White Paper From Emerson
Refrigerants used in residential and commercial air-conditioning systems is the subject of a white paper from Emerson Climate Technologies Inc.
N.Y., Conn. HVAC Contractors Required to Recycle Mercury Thermostats
According to a new law, as of July 1, 2014, anyone who replaces a mercury-containing thermostat in New York or Connecticut must deliver it to an appropriate collection site to be recycled.
Report on Fire-Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings Released
The performance of tall wood buildings under credible fire scenarios is the subject of a new report from the Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association.
DOE to Update Commercial-Building Reference Standard to 90.1-2013?
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently took the first step toward updating the commercial-building reference standard for state building energy codes from the 2010 edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, to the 2013 edition.
New Approach to Energy-Code Compliance Clears Major Hurdle
The International Green Construction Code development committee approved by a vote of 8-5 on May 4 a proposal to add what would be the first outcome-based compliance path in a model energy code.
USGBC Launches Real-Time LEED Green-Building Data Resource for States
The U.S. Green Building Council recently launched an online resource providing LEED green-building data in real time for each state and Washington, D.C.
Organizations Announce Commitment to Promote Resilient Buildings
Twenty-one associations representing professionals responsible for the design, construction, and operation of buildings, homes, transportation systems, landscapes, and public spaces recently announced an agreement to promote resilience: the ability to plan and prepare for, absorb, recover from, and adapt to adverse events.
WaterFurnace Renewable Energy to Acquire Chillit Chillers
WaterFurnace Renewable Energy Inc. recently announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire the assets and technology of Chillit Chillers, manufacturer of specialty chillers and geothermal heat pumps for large commercial and industrial applications.

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