February 9, 2011
FASTRACK Features

My "A-Ha!" Moment
By Megan Spencer, Associate Editor
I find clarity in the strangest places. Attempting to find my way home post-Snowmageddoen, I was cooling my heels in an airport terminal, pondering the never-ending wonders I had witnessed during three days of excitement at the 2011 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) held Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. Tired, hungry, and irritated, I suddenly found my “a-ha!” moment, and my view of the buildings industry snapped into focus in one golden moment of lucidity. [MORE]


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MovinCool Sponsoring Air-Conditioners Webinar
As businesses become more dependent on computers and telecommunications equipment to keep their critical operations running 24/7, they face a new challenge that often takes them by surprise: how to keep their server or telecommunications room cool when a building’s central air-conditioning system is inadequate or turned off. HPAC Engineering and Contracting Business will host "Ceiling-Mounted Air Conditioners: A Cost-Effective Solution for Server Rooms," sponsored by MovinCool, on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. ET. The free, hour-long Webinar will describe how a relatively new class of self-contained, ceiling-mounted air conditioners can provide a cost-effective space-saving solution. [MORE]


Obama Plans to Make U.S. Businesses More Energy-Efficient
In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out his vision for investing in innovative clean-energy technologies and doubling the share of electricity from clean-energy sources by 2035. Additionally, President Obama is proposing new efforts to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings across the country. Last year, commercial buildings consumed approximately 20 percent of all energy in the U.S. economy. President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative will make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy-efficient over the next decade by catalyzing private-sector investment through a series of incentives to upgrade offices, stores, schools and other municipal buildings, universities, hospitals, and commercial buildings. [MORE]


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Las Vegas AHR Expo Sets New Attendance Record
More than 54,000 registered HVACR professionals (34,000 attendees and 20,000 exhibitor personnel) filled the aisles of the 2011 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 in Las Vegas to see all of the latest products and innovations on display from 1,938 exhibiting companies. [MORE]


ASHRAE Announces Updated Energy-Savings Figures for Standard 90.1-2010
According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), more than 30-percent energy savings can be achieved using the recently published ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, vs. the 2004 version. [MORE]


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ASHRAE Recognizes HVACR-Industry Achievements
Thirty-six people were recognized by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for their contributions to the society as well as the building industry during ASHRAE’s 2011 Winter Conference, held Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 in Las Vegas. [MORE]




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