FASTRACK News

Building Energy Use Highlighted in ASHRAE Certification Program
As building owners and developers become increasingly concerned about rising energy costs and potential obligations under climate-change programs, building energy modeling helps provide a preview into a building’s likely energy use and allows decisions affecting energy use to be made before a shovel even hits the ground. To ensure that professionals modeling a building’s energy use have the skills necessary to produce an accurate model, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is launching a Building Energy Modeling Professional certification. [MORE]


AHR Expo Registration Now Open
Registration and housing is now open for the 2010 AHR Expo. Celebrating its 62nd year, the comprehensive HVACR show is returning to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 25 to 27, 2010. The AHR Expo will provide more than 45,000 attendees and exhibitor personnel from more than 120 countries the opportunity to see innovations on display from nearly 1,700 exhibitors representing the HVACR industry. [MORE]


Study Shows Data-Center-Construction Costs Are Down
The economic crisis has an upside for owners of mission-critical facilities: On average, it currently costs less to construct a new data center than it did in late 2007, according to a study conducted by Environmental Systems Design (ESD). In the current economy, owners are likely to save significantly on labor, data-center equipment, building materials, and building-material/equipment transportation. [MORE]


Grundfos Offers Pump-Upgrade Program
Grundfos Pumps Corp. has launched an initiative to replace old, low-efficiency pumps with new, higher-efficiency pumps, providing optimized pump performance as well as energy and operating-cost savings. The Upgrade Program, which is designed to enhance business in the short run, will afford users the opportunity to purchase higher efficiency pumps at discounted prices and replace lower-performing pumps with energy-conserving solutions. [MORE]


October 14, 2009
FASTRACK Features

Energy-Saving Opportunities in Green Buildings
By TIM KENSOK, AirAdvice Inc., Portland, Ore.
The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System provides many paths to certification, some of which result in a more energy-efficient building than others. Thus, just because a building is LEED-certified does not mean significant opportunities for energy savings cannot be found. As the case studies at the end of this article show, savings usually can be had for little or no capital investment by fine-tuning the operations of a building. [MORE]



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