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March 2007


Engineering Green Buildings E-Newsletter
HPAC Engineering is excited to announce the publication of a second e-mail newsletter---this one devoted exclusively to the green-buildings industry. Monthly, we will report on green-building projects in the news, feature articles on energy-efficient ways engineers are incorporating green-building solutions into their designs, and innovative ideas to promote a green-building future.

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Code Requirements and Sustainable Design
By Ronald Mahlman, PE, LEED, AP, James Clancy, and John Stauder, PE
Project stakeholders should collaborate early in the design process to ensure building- and fire-code requirements are met...[MORE]

Greening America's Schools
By Gregory Kats
The report "Greening America's Schools: Costs and Benefits" discusses the rapidly escalating trend toward the design of green, high-performance schools. The questions of how much more green schools cost and whether greening schools is cost-effective are answered...[MORE]

Building-Code-Requirements and Sustainable-Design Webcast Archive
Greening a fire-sprinkler system requires a lot of thought and research before any real work gets done. Materials, installation process, and source of water are only a few considerations. This one-hour Webcast, which took place Feb. 21, presents “integrated design” considerations of fire-sprinkler systems for green buildings. Click here to launch the Webcast.


3,200 Buildings Earn Energy Star Award in 2006
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than 3,200 buildings with an Energy Star Award in 2006 for reductions in energy bills and greenhouse-gas emissions. These buildings, including schools, hospitals, hotels, and stores, saved an estimated $600 million in energy costs. They also prevented almost 11 billion pounds of greenhouse-gas emissions--equal to emissions from almost 900,000 vehicles. Among the top-performing buildings were 320 supermarkets, 320 office buildings, and 200 K-12 schools...[MORE]

U.S. and China Announce Cooperation on FutureGen and Energy Efficiency
China is the third country to join the Government Steering Committee of the FutureGen project. Also, the United States and China signed an agreement to continue cooperating in advancing "clean" technology, including solar, wind, and biomass. The agreements were made as an outcome of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) in Beijing. The $1 billion FutureGen initiative is a 10-year effort announced by President Bush in 2003...[MORE]

USGBC CEO Discusses Green Building
Richard Fedrizzi, the chief operating officer of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), spoke to developers in south Florida about green building. The USGBC, based in Washington, has set up benchmarks by which developers can win green status for buildings or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Factors measured include: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. Developers can attain one of four certification levels: LEED, LEED Silver, LEED Gold, or LEED Platinum. Fedrizzi discussed the advantages of green building, how LEED works, and who's doing it...[MORE]

Sloan Valve Donates Green Products
Sloan Valve Co. and C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co. have partnered to supply water-efficient plumbing fixtures and installation labor to the Chicago Center for Green Technology to support the center's goal of helping professionals and homeowners learn how green technology is cost-effective and good for the environment...[MORE]


Engineering Green Buildings Conference & Expo
HPAC Engineering has announced the dates and location of its fourth annual Engineering Green Buildings (EGB) Conference and Expo. Touted as the engineering event for green design in hospitality, education and government buildings, EGB 2007 will be held September 17 and 18 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

With its focus on hospitality, education and government buildings -- key sectors for construction growth and green design -- the EGB 2007 Conference and Expo is expected to attract engineers, architects, mechanical contractors and building owner/operators from around the country. The Conference portion of this year's event will provide training on energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor environmental quality and sustainability. The Expo area will enable vendors to display and demonstrate green characteristics and applications of their mechanical systems, components, equipment, software, technology and services in a green design setting.


Greenbuild 2007
If designing, building, living, and working in green buildings is important to you, you are in good company. Come join 12,000 other people who agree that green building is a good idea and good for business at the 2007 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago Nov. 7-9. The US Green Building Council's Greenbuild is an opportunity to connect with peers, industry experts, and influential leaders as they share insights on the green-building movement and its diverse specialties. Greenbuild 2007 will explore "Accelerating Green Communities" with educational sessions, exciting speakers, special events and tours, and an exhibit hall...[MORE]

Contact information: Jami Knoth, HPAC Engineering

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