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Meeting Today's Energy Challenges With On-Site Energy Systems
By Clifton Braddock, CEM; Robert P. Moroz, AIA, LEED AP; and Edward Mardiat, DBIA
On-site energy systems are an answer to the mounting power challenges in a medical center and an energy plant...[MORE]
USGBC Calls for a Higher Level of Federal Funding
Green Building Research Funding: An Assessment of Current Activity in the United States, a report published by the U.S. Green Building Council Research Committee, finds that the research related to high-performance green-building practices and technologies amounts to only 0.2 percent of all federally funded research, while building operations in the U.S. consume 40 percent of energy and 71 percent of electricity and are responsible for 38 percent of CO2 emissions. The committee has called for a higher level of funding for research...[MORE]
Comparison of Two Environmental Assessment and Rating Systems
Green Building Systems: A Comparison of the LEED and Green Globes Systems in the U.S. reports findings made by a team of independent researchers at the University of Minnesota. The team conducted a three-month, intensive analysis of two commercial building environmental-assessment and rating systems in the United States, the Green Building Initiative's (GBI) Green Globe system and the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED system. The study provides a detailed comparison of how the systems operate, as well as their respective strengths and weaknesses...[MORE]
Green Path Causing Controversy in California
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's proposed energy corridor, to bring nonpolluting power to Los Angeles, could involve the erection of power lines and transmission towers through a national forest, two desert wildlife preserves, and a rustic hamlet used in westerns. The 85-mile-long "Green Path" energy corridor designed to bring solar, geothermal, and nuclear power from southeastern California and Arizona would slice across the Big Morongo Wildlife Preserve north of Palm Springs, Pioneertown near Yucca Valley, Pipes Canyon Wilderness Preserve, and a corner of the San Bernardino National Forest before crossing over the Cajon Pass and connecting with existing power lines in Hesperia...[MORE]
Colorado State University to Build Wind Farm
Colorado State University (CSU) plans to convert its Fort Collins campus to 100-percent wind power. The university has committed to developing the CSU Green Power Project, a wind farm in northern Colorado that will generate more power than the university consumes. The facility will be developed on the university's 11,000-acre Maxwell Ranch near the Wyoming border...[MORE]
Five Addenda Open for Review: Outdoor Air Cleaning Proposed as Requirement for ASHRAE 62.1
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings. Five proposed addenda to the standard are open for public review until April 30...[MORE]
- Addendum 62.1c, which adds air-cleaning requirements to section 6 of the standard.
- Addendum 62.i, which changes minimum outdoor airflow requirements for zones with environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) as described in Section 6.2.9.
- Addendum 62.1a, which addresses compliance issues that may result from unclear wording or phrasing in Section 5.
- Addendum 62.1b, which clarifies informative language in appendices C, D, and F.
- Addendum 62.1d, which adds the following occupancy categories to Table 6-1: kitchens, banks and bank lobbies, breakrooms, sorting, packing, light assembly, general manufacturing, and storage rooms (dry).
2007 ENERGY STAR Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy recognized organizations on March 21 as winners of the 2007 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards. These organizations have made outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions through energy efficiency. Winners were chosen from the more than 9,000 organizations that partner with the government in the ENERGY STAR program. This year's winners include: The Home Depot, PepsiCo, McDonalds, Food Lion, Ford Motor Co., Marriott International, Astoria Homes, and 3M...[MORE]
Engineering Green Buildings Conference & Expo
HPAC Engineering has announced the dates and location of its fourth annual Engineering Green Buildings (EGB) Conference and Expo. Touted as the engineering event for green design in hospitality, education, and government buildings, EGB 2007 will be held Sept. 17 and 18 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
With its focus on hospitality, education, and government buildings -- key sectors for construction growth and green design -- EGB 2007 is expected to attract engineers, architects, mechanical contractors, and building owner/operators from around the country. The conference portion of this year's event will provide training on energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor environmental quality, and sustainability. The expo area will enable vendors to display and demonstrate green characteristics and applications of their mechanical systems, components, equipment, software, technology, and services in a green-design setting...[MORE]
Contact information: Jami Knoth, HPAC Engineering
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