FASTRACK News

Energy-Efficiency Investments Strong Despite Recession
Despite a global recession, investment levels in energy efficiency have remained strong, according to the Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) released by Johnson Controls. The survey of more than 2,800 executives and managers responsible for making investments and managing energy in commercial buildings worldwide found that 56 percent of respondents say they have invested the same or more in energy efficiency over the last 12 months. [MORE]


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ASHRAE, JSRAE Advance Mutual Interests
Illustrating that concerns about the built environment are shared worldwide, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Japan Society of Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (JSRAE) recently made a commitment to collaborate by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU). [MORE]


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April Heating-and-Cooling-Equipment Shipment Data Released
According to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), commercial gas water heater shipments increased 4 percent in April 2010 to 6,754, compared with 6,442 units shipped in April 2009. Commercial electric water heaters increased 28 percent in April 2010 to 5,574 units, up from 4,359 units shipped in April 2009. [MORE]


Performance-Measurement Protocols Offered by Building Groups
It’s long been realized in the building industry that you can’t manage what you don’t measure when it comes to building performance. But even if you measure, what ensures that those measurements are appropriate and meaningful? A new book from three building-industry associations provides a standardized set of protocols over a range of accuracies and costs that can be applied consistently to the assessment of building performance. [MORE]


June 9, 2010
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FASTRACK Features

Extending Motor Life With Sustainable Shaft Grounding
By ADAM WILLWERTH, Electro Static Technology, Mechanic Falls, Maine
With the rising cost of energy, the use of variable-frequency drives (VFDs), also known as inverters, is growing. By optimizing electrical flow to an alternating-current (AC) motor, a VFD can provide substantial energy savings. Within the field of flow control, the potential for increased efficiency with VFDs is especially dramatic. Many centrifugal fans and pumps run continuously, often at reduced loads. Because the energy consumption of such devices correlates to their flow rates cubed, the motors driving them will use less power if controlled by a VFD. [MORE]




Orival Filters
Orival filtration products are used on cooling systems worldwide. Orival offers individual automatic filters, manifolded multi-filters and skid mounted water treatment systems to remove organic and inorganic suspended solids from cooling water decreasing deposition on heat transfer surfaces, reducing sites for micro-organisms to colonize and preventing the clogging of nozzles, orifices and valve actuators. Call 800-567-9767 or send us an email at filters@orival.com or click here for more info.
--Orival, Inc., Englewood, NJ 07631.



The Energy Professional’s Guide to Data Loggers & Building Performance
A new 30-page guide from Onset details how portable data loggers can be applied in a number of building monitoring applications, such as HVAC systems monitoring, commissioning, Measurement & Verification, and load profiling. The guide offers practical tips and techniques on a range of topics, including data logger installation, monitoring plan development, safety, and data interpretation. Click here to download the free guide today!
--Onset Computer Corporation



AERCO Low NOx Esteem 399 Gas Fired Hot Water Boiler
The AERCO Esteem 399 is a wall-hung boiler with a uniquely designed stainless-steel heat exchanger with 95% efficiency. At the heart of the AERCO Esteem 399 is a 439 stainless steel fire tube heat exchanger. This highly corrosion resistant heat exchanger is perfect for all condensing Hydronic heating designs. It offers all the benefits of the new generation high efficiency, modulating, condensing boilers along with easy installation, low maintenance and high reliability. For more information, visit www.aerco.com/est3
--AERCO



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--The Metraflex Company







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