September 17, 2008

Emphasizing Accountability (Part 2 of 3)
By Thomas Hartman, PE
Owners are key to managing energy performance in new and existing buildings...MORE


GreenChill Awards Two Grocery Stores for Lowering Refrigerant Emissions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Giant Eagle Inc. and Harris Teeter Inc. as the first winners of its GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership Environmental Achievement Award. The award recognizes the two food retailers for emitting the lowest rates of ozone-depleting refrigerant in GreenChill's first year. GreenChill partners in the food retail business have refrigerant-emission rates nearly 50-percent lower than the EPA-estimated industry average. These partners are responsible for a reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions from refrigerants totaling 2.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide—equivalent to the annual emissions of 500,000 cars. The food retailers saved nearly $13 million in 2007...MORE

U.S. Energy Department Turns on Solar Roof
The U.S. Dept. of Energy installed a solar-power system on the roof of the Forrestal Building, one of the largest solar-power systems in the nation's capital. The solar electric photovoltaic (PV) system will generate approximately 200 mwh of electricity annually, provide up to 8 percent of the Forrestal complex's energy during peak hours, and save as much as $26,000 in utility costs during the first year of operation....MORE

American Boiler Manufacturers Association Endorses EGB Conference
The American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) announced that it is an endorsing association for HPAC Engineering's fifth annual Engineering Green Buildings (EGB) Conference and Expo, which will be held Oct. 21 and 22 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. In making the announcement, Randy Rawson, ABMA's president and chief executive officer, encouraged "all ABMA manufacturer- and supplier-member companies involved in the commercial, institutional, and governmental-building sectors to take advantage of this great marketing opportunity." Rawson added: "Commercial, institutional, and industrial boiler manufacturers are aggressively pursuing markets in the renewable-energy sectors. And don't let anyone kid you: Today's conventional- and condensing-boiler and burner technologies offer superior and low-cost performance in the 'green' generation of comfort heating and steam."...MORE

USGBC 2009-2013 Plan
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its vision for the next five years in "Strategic Plan 2009-2013." The plan includes a summary of key strategic issues facing the green-building community and the USGBC, an update to USGBC's Guiding Principles, and the agenda, program goals, and implementation strategy for transformation...MORE

Online IAQ Resource
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Scientific Findings Resource Bank (IAQ-SFRB) is a Website developed by the Indoor Environment Department of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with funding support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. IAQ-SFRB provides information that summarizes the state of scientific knowledge conducted about the relationship between human health and productivity and IAQ conditions or associated building characteristics. Found on the Website are descriptions of actions that may be taken to improve aspects of IAQ, including those related to building design, construction, operation, maintenance, and occupant activities...MORE



EGB Early-Bird Registration Extended Through September


The early-bird special for HPAC Engineering's fifth annual Engineering Green Buildings (EGB) Conference and Expo has been extended through Sept. 30. ACT NOW and SAVE $150 on a full conference registration. All early-bird registrants will pay only $599, a $150 discount off the full conference cost of $749.

The $599 early-bird registration covers:

  • Keynote session with Jerry Yudelson
  • Choice of conference sessions
  • Breakfast and lunch both days of the event
  • Admission to all product demonstrations
  • Welcome reception with complimentary beverages and appetizers
  • Admission to the exhibit area
  • Conference workbook
  • Tote bag

This is an extraordinary value for two days of intensive green-building education and hands-on product interaction at the only green-design event focused on mechanical systems for commercial buildings. You cannot get this combination of in-depth learning and networking anywhere else.

EGB 2008, which will be held Oct. 21 and 22 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, has an impressive lineup of green experts, who will be on hand to provide information and guidance on your green-design and building projects. These include Jerry Yudelson, Valentine Lehr, Bill Swan, Kent Peterson, Mark Lentz, and Michael Zatz.

For complete EGB details and 10 important reasons why you should attend, click here...MORE