Clark's Remarks http://hpac.com/blog/9271/feed en Taking the High Road in Promoting Sustainability http://hpac.com/blog/taking-high-road-promoting-sustainability <div class="node-body blog-body">Previously, I praised the Green Building Initiative for pledging to promote green-building practices regardless of the "product" used. Now, USGBC South Florida has taken that same high road.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/taking-high-road-promoting-sustainability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/taking-high-road-promoting-sustainability#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:06:00 +0000 29661 at http://hpac.com On the Phaseout of HFCs and a Milestone for Nuclear Power http://hpac.com/blog/phaseout-hfcs-and-milestone-nuclear-power <div class="node-body blog-body">Last month marked two significant events: the signing by more than 170 countries of a legally binding accord that phases out the use of hydrofluorocarbons and the 60th anniversary of commercial nuclear power.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/phaseout-hfcs-and-milestone-nuclear-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/phaseout-hfcs-and-milestone-nuclear-power#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Wed, 09 Nov 2016 03:05:00 +0000 29451 at http://hpac.com <p>ricochet64/iStock</p> Raising the Efficiency Ceiling of Rooftop Units http://hpac.com/blog/raising-efficiency-ceiling-rooftop-units <div class="node-body blog-body">For cooling requirements of up to 100-plus tons, rooftop units often represent a low-first-cost solution, based on equipment cost and relative ease of installation. Until recently, however, they have not been a particularly energy-efficient option.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/raising-efficiency-ceiling-rooftop-units" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/raising-efficiency-ceiling-rooftop-units#comments Air Conditioning Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:57:00 +0000 29321 at http://hpac.com <p>Westersoe/iStock</p> Commercial-Building Energy Efficiency; Denying Climate-Change Deniers http://hpac.com/blog/commercial-building-energy-efficiency-denying-climate-change-deniers <div class="node-body blog-body">According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, total energy consumption in commercial buildings increased just 7 percent from 2003 to 2012, while the inventory of those buildings increased 14 percent.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/commercial-building-energy-efficiency-denying-climate-change-deniers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/commercial-building-energy-efficiency-denying-climate-change-deniers#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:25:00 +0000 29121 at http://hpac.com <p>jferrer/iStock</p> Solar-Powered Steam Generation http://hpac.com/blog/solar-powered-steam-generation <div class="node-body blog-body">Two years ago, MIT researchers developed a structure capable of converting 85 percent of solar energy to steam. MIT since has improved this “solar vapor generator” to operate even on cool, overcast days.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/solar-powered-steam-generation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/solar-powered-steam-generation#comments Heating Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:14:00 +0000 28921 at http://hpac.com <p>chaluk/iStock</p> Florida’s Competing Solar Initiatives http://hpac.com/blog/florida-s-competing-solar-initiatives <div class="node-body blog-body">Here in Florida, we have had two solar initiatives on our ballot during the current election cycle. One of them, Amendment 4, was on last month’s primary ballot and received little organized opposition. It was nonetheless controversial because the other initiative, Amendment 1 on the November general-election ballot, is worded in a manner that makes it—and Amendment 4—confusing to the uninformed voter.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/florida-s-competing-solar-initiatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/florida-s-competing-solar-initiatives#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:32:00 +0000 28781 at http://hpac.com <p>Alessandro2802/iStock</p> Florida Engineering Conference: PACE, Seal-Level Rise, Climate Change http://hpac.com/blog/florida-engineering-conference-pace-seal-level-rise-climate-change <div class="node-body blog-body">Recently, I had the opportunity to present at the Florida Engineering Society’s Annual Conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/florida-engineering-conference-pace-seal-level-rise-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/florida-engineering-conference-pace-seal-level-rise-climate-change#comments Industry Event News Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:02:00 +0000 28481 at http://hpac.com Bonilla1879/iStock As Roof Color, New Blue May Help Put Lid on Building Cooling Costs http://hpac.com/blog/roof-color-new-blue-may-help-put-lid-building-cooling-costs <div class="node-body blog-body">In 2009, researchers accidentally discovered a new color, a shade of blue they dubbed YInMn Blue. The new pigment absorbs UV and is resistant to high temperatures. As a roof coating, it offers the promise of a cool and attractive roof.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/roof-color-new-blue-may-help-put-lid-building-cooling-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/roof-color-new-blue-may-help-put-lid-building-cooling-costs#comments Air Conditioning Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 09 Aug 2016 15:43:00 +0000 28241 at http://hpac.com <p>marshalgonz/iStock</p> Beneficial Microbes in Building Air http://hpac.com/blog/beneficial-microbes-building-air <div class="node-body blog-body">The health effects of poor ventilation are well-established. The idea of improving ventilation by adding certain microbes to fresh air is a paradigm shift.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/beneficial-microbes-building-air" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/beneficial-microbes-building-air#comments Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:55:00 +0000 28011 at http://hpac.com <p>FreeSoulProduction/iStock</p> Tunable LED Lighting http://hpac.com/blog/tunable-led-lighting <div class="node-body blog-body">Some very unique LED-lighting products are starting to appear in the marketplace. One of the most intriguing is color tuning.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/tunable-led-lighting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/tunable-led-lighting#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:44:00 +0000 27341 at http://hpac.com <p>MEHMET CAN/iStock</p> The Robots Are Coming! http://hpac.com/blog/robots-are-coming <div class="node-body blog-body">The 2016 Economic Report of the President discusses how increased robot utilization might affect jobs and notes the concern robots could take a substantial number of jobs away from workers, rendering their jobs obsolete and leaving them unemployed.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/robots-are-coming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/robots-are-coming#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:43:00 +0000 26311 at http://hpac.com <p>David Fairfield/Photodisc</p> Gorrie Details: Air-Conditioning Sales Rising in Emerging Countries http://hpac.com/blog/gorrie-details-air-conditioning-sales-rising-emerging-countries <div class="node-body blog-body">Although Willis Carrier generally is credited with inventing air conditioning, in Florida, we recognize Dr. John Gorrie.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/gorrie-details-air-conditioning-sales-rising-emerging-countries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/gorrie-details-air-conditioning-sales-rising-emerging-countries#comments Air Conditioning Clark&#039;s Remarks Wed, 08 Jun 2016 01:35:00 +0000 25551 at http://hpac.com One Project, Two Green-Building Certifications: LEED and Green Globes http://hpac.com/blog/one-project-two-green-building-certifications-leed-and-green-globes <div class="node-body blog-body">I have written several articles comparing green-building rating systems. All of the conclusions drawn were based on projects certified under one rating system or another. In this blog post, I discuss a project that has achieved two certifications.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/one-project-two-green-building-certifications-leed-and-green-globes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/one-project-two-green-building-certifications-leed-and-green-globes#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 23 May 2016 18:13:00 +0000 24941 at http://hpac.com Green Globes and Sea-Level Rise: A Tale of Two Summits http://hpac.com/blog/green-globes-and-sea-level-rise-tale-two-summits <div class="node-body blog-body">Last week, I attended two summits: Green Globes in Atlanta and Sea-Level Rise in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. What the events had in common was a call to participants not to use "green shame" or "green blame" to promote their individual (or corporate) points of view.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/green-globes-and-sea-level-rise-tale-two-summits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/green-globes-and-sea-level-rise-tale-two-summits#comments Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 10 May 2016 18:39:00 +0000 24531 at http://hpac.com <p>Rawpixel Ltd/iStock</p> 7-Eleven: Committed to Green Building and Veterans http://hpac.com/blog/7-eleven-committed-green-building-and-veterans <div class="node-body blog-body">Our firm recently assisted in the Green Globes certification of a 7-Eleven convenience store in Miami. The new-construction project has the distinction of being not only the first 7-Eleven store in the world to achieve Green Globes certification, but a franchise awarded to a U.S. military veteran under 7-Eleven’s Operation: Take Command program.</div> <p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/7-eleven-committed-green-building-and-veterans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/7-eleven-committed-green-building-and-veterans#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:29:00 +0000 23551 at http://hpac.com