HPAC Fastrack
hpac.comJanuary 16, 2008
Features

Optimizing Existing-Building Energy Efficiency
By David Clark
Investment trends, proven cost-effective energy-saving measures, success stories...[MORE]

The Return of Johnny Tundra, Another Engineering Whodunit From the Frozen North
By Ron Wilkinson, PE
"Your energy problem isn't in your boilers; it's in your pipe chase!" --Johnny Tundra
Troubleshooting MEP systems in cold climates can be an urgent matter. Fortunately, there are engineers such as Johnny Tundra roving the northern-tier states and tackling the flintiest of facility problems. Join Johnny through his travels in wintertime Montana, and match wits with him as he looks to keep the frozen northland outside, where it belongs...[MORE]

Peak Laboratory Equipment Loads
By Paul A. Mathew, PhD
New peak-equipment-load data intended to help take the guesswork out of sizing HVAC systems for new laboratories...[MORE]

Facts

Alternative Refrigerants in HVAC
"Lifecycle Cost Considerations – Alternative Refrigerants in HVAC" is a presentation by Emerson Climate Technologies that addresses the upcoming 2010 R-22 phaseout and the challenges it will bring. Topics include current and future legislative trends, HFC refrigerants, R-410A component and system availability, life-cycle-cost comparisons, and steps you can take to ease the transition...[MORE]

Free Fire-Systems Training Classes
Fire-Lite Alarms, part of Honeywell's Life Safety Group, offers more than 50 fire-alarm-systems training courses, free of charge, throughout the United States. Classes on fire-alarm basics, as well as detailed hands-on training are offered for every level of industry professional. Click here for dates, locations, and Fire-Lite class descriptions...[MORE]



News


Trane's IntelliPak II Designed for Tomorrow's Needs
When designing the IntelliPak II, the newest addition to Trane's line of packaged rooftop air-handing units, engineers took a proactive approach and designed for tomorrow's building-comfort needs...[MORE]

ARI and GAMA Merge
The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently announced they had merged to better the interests of cooling-, heating-, and commercial-refrigeration-equipment manufacturers. The merged association became the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) on Jan. 1. It will be headquartered in Arlington, Va. Johnson Controls Vice President C. David Myers was appointed chairman of the combined organization...[MORE]

DOE Establishes Energy-Efficiency Requirements for Federal Buildings
New regulations finalized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) can be expected to save taxpayers more than $776 million over the next 10 years. By mandating stricter energy-efficiency requirements for new federal buildings, the regulations will help save 40 trillion Btu of energy and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 2 million metric tons. According to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, federal building projects must achieve at least 30-percent-greater energy efficiency over existing-building codes...[MORE]

ASHRAE Seeks Papers on Sustainable Urban Design
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is seeking papers focused on sustainable urban design for its 2009 Winter Meeting, which will be held Jan. 24-28 in Chicago. Papers and programs should discuss the latest developments in sustainability in relation to systems and equipment, the application of systems and equipment in different types of buildings, and the impact of sustainability on urban settings. Topics should include energy conservation, indoor environmental quality, the application of ASHRAE guidance to achieve high-performing sustainable results, and international sustainability efforts...[MORE]


EGB to Return to Vegas in 2008!
Renowned green-building-industry leader and author Jerry Yudelson will present the keynote address for HPAC Engineering's fifth annual Engineering Green Buildings (EGB) Conference and Expo, which will be held Oct. 21 and 22 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The EGB Conference and Expo is the only green-design event focused on green engineering applications as they apply to mechanical systems for commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. The 2007 event attracted more than 300 participants, including mechanical-system designers and specifiers and manufacturers demonstrating the green characteristics and applications of their mechanical systems, components, equipment, products, technology, and services.

Individuals interested in attending or exhibiting at EGB 2008 should contact Jeff Ferenc, conference manager, at 312-848-8405 or jeff.ferenc@penton.com...[MORE]

HPAC Engineering Co-Sponsor of Global Engineering Conference
Designed for global consulting and design engineers, Carrier Corp.'s 10th Global Engineering Conference, co-sponsored by HPAC Engineering, will feature new technology and engineering topics in the HVAC industry. The event will focus on designing and building for sustainability and will take place April 9-11 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas...[MORE]

AHR Expo 2008
The 2008 International Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) will take place Jan. 22-24 at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The show is sponsored by ASHRAE, the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and International Exposition Co. The event will feature more than 1,850 exhibits and 72 educational sessions covering equipment, systems, components, and technology for the HVACR industry. Held in conjunction with the AHR Expo will be ASHRAE's 2008 Winter Meeting, Jan. 19-23, at the New York Hilton...[MORE]