October 24, 2008

Sustainable Design Through BIM and Analysis
By Robert E. Middlebrooks, AIA
Building-information-modeling-based design tools help mechanical engineers provide 'greener' building systems...MORE

Establishing Energy Standards, Part 3
By Thomas Hartman, PE
Performance standards must be determined before efficiency can be improved...MORE






Stronger U.S. Air-Quality Standards for Lead
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has strengthened air-quality standards for lead. The new standards tighten the allowable lead level 10 times to 0.15 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air (ug/m3). The EPA changed the standards after a review of the science on lead, advice from the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, and consideration of public comments. The previous standards, set in 1978, were 1.5 ug/m3...MORE

The Grainger Foundation Donates $100,000 For HVAC Education and Training
The Grainger Foundation donated $100,000 to the State of Michigan's No Worker Left Behind (NWLB) initiative and Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TEC) near Grainger facilities. The gift will support training and education for NWLB students as they pursue careers in high-demand and emerging trade occupations, such as alternative energy maintenance and development, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning...MORE


USGBC and Island Press Launch Green Book Club
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Island Press recently launched GreenWorks, a club offering books on green building at discounted prices. Each month, GreenWorks will offer a selection of leading green-building-industry books and authors...MORE

DOE Releases 'Guide to Financing EnergySmart Schools'
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) EnergySmart Schools program recently released "Guide to Financing EnergySmart Schools." The guide addresses perceived and real financial barriers associated with the construction of new high-performance schools as well as energy-efficiency renovations and retrofits of existing facilities...MORE



AHR Expo 2009
The latest in 'green' products, technologies, trends, and solutions will take center stage at the 2009 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) January 26-28 at Chicago's McCormick Place. AHR Expo 2009 will have an emphasis on environmentally friendly and energy-efficient products and technologies for the HVACR industry and include educational sessions from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Partnership for Environmental Leadership, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Green Mechanical Council, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)...MORE