August 26, 2009

FASTRACK Features

Multiparameter Demand-Controlled Ventilation
By LARRY CLARK, LEED AP, Hill York, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Long known to correlate with human metabolic activity, carbon-dioxide (CO2) levels are a reliable indicator of indoor pollution originating from building occupants. Demand-controlled ventilation (DCV), the process by which outside air is varied based on the amount of CO2 in a space, has been around for 15 to 20 years. Yet despite the energy-saving and health benefits of providing just the right amount of outside air needed by building occupants, DCV is underutilized because of concerns about non-human indoor pollutants, as well as issues surrounding control accuracy, sensor calibration, and maintenance. [MORE]




FASTRACK Calendar

Register for EGB Before Labor Day and Bring a Colleague for FREE!

Our two-for-one registration special allows two people from the same company to participate in the Engineering Green Buildings (EGB) Conference & Expo and HVACR Week for the price of one (just $595). Your registration provides access to the following:

• Two days of EGB and/or Commercial HVACR Symposium (CHS) sessions—Choose the sessions you’d like to attend from the 14 being offered. Visit www.egbconference.com or www.hvacrsymposium.com for details.
• Bonus session sponsored by Autodesk—“Sustainable Design and Energy Retrofits”
• Caterpillar Financial Center Tour—Qualifying “early bird” registrants have an exclusive opportunity to tour the first privately owned commercial building in Tennessee to be certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System.
• HVAC Comfortech seminar program—Two dozen individual sessions over four days cover business management, sales and marketing, service management, technical training, innovations and opportunities, and more! Visit www.hvaccomfortech.com for complete details.
• HVACR Week exhibit area—Combining HVAC Comfortech, EGB, and CHS exhibitors, the HVACR Week exhibit floor will feature more than 130 companies displaying HVAC equipment, components, and services.
• HVACR Week opening keynote event—Speaker, author, and entrepreneur Robin Crow presents “The Power of Service.” Sponsored by Trane.
• HVACR Week welcome reception—Enjoy food and drinks at this kick-off event. Sponsored by Emerson.
• HVACR Week Thursday Evening Extravaganza—Join other attendees and exhibitors at the Wildhorse Saloon for an evening of refreshments and live entertainment. Sponsored by Rheem and LG Commercial Air Conditioning.

As a component of HVACR Week, EGB exposes you to a multitude of events and activities beyond the scope of the conference itself. During this limited two-for-one offer, you can register two people from the same company for the price of one. Each attendee is free to choose which HVACR Week events and sessions he or she would like to attend.

To take advantage of this special offer, click here to access the Two-for-One Registration Form PDF. Then fill out the form and fax or mail it as directed. ACT NOW! To participate in this special two-for-one offer, you must register by Sept. 4!

Questions? Call Marge Dietrich at 216-931-9550.




FASTRACK News

Al Gore to Keynote Greenbuild Conference

Former vice president and noted environmental advocate Al Gore will serve as the opening keynote speaker for the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC's) annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, which will be held Nov. 11-13 in Phoenix. [MORE]

USGBC Launches Building Performance Initiative

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched the Building Performance Initiative, an effort to collect data from all buildings that have achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, implement an appropriate method of analyzing that data, and provide feedback to building owners so they have better information with which to address gaps between predicted and actual building performance. [MORE]

RSES Shares R-22-Phaseout Info With Public

RSES has released to the public eight technical bulletins and feature articles on the phaseout of R-22 refrigerant originally available only to RSES members. [MORE]

ASHRAE Announces Distinguished Lecturers

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has named 13 new Distinguished Lecturers, noted authorities available to speak to ASHRAE chapters, student branches, and other organizations on topics impacting the HVACR industry. [MORE]





Humidity Calculations – A Whitepaper from Vaisala
Humidity and/or enthalpy are important measurements for determining and regulating efficiency in HVAC systems. Understanding the myriad psychrometric parameters and having the ability to convert from one to the other (humidity to enthalpy) sets you apart from the rest of the field of contractors. There are many conversion tools available and the best experts understand the basis for the conversions. Develop your own custom conversion spreadsheet with these formulas.
Click here to get access to the Humidity Conversion Formula white paper.












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