December 2007


Green HVAC Designs for Data Centers
By Graham Whitmore
Saving energy and earning LEED points with chilled-water or chilled-glycol loops in large data centers...[MORE]

How Green Will Green Get?
By Jeff Ferenc, Editor in Chief
Green enough to no longer be ignored...[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]

Trane Sold to Ingersoll Rand for Approximately $10.1 Billion
Ingersoll Rand Co. announced that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire Trane Inc., formerly American Standard Companies Inc., in a transaction valued at approximately $10.1 billion. Trane is a global leader in indoor climate-control systems, services, and solutions, with expected 2007 revenues of $7.4 billion. The new Ingersoll Rand portfolio will include an $11 billion climate-control business that will offer high-value equipment, systems, and services for indoor, stationary, and transport applications...[MORE]

GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with refrigerant-equipment manufactures and national supermarket chains, launched the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership. The GreenChill alliance will promote the use of supermarket-refrigeration technologies, strategies, and practices that reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases, as well as increase refrigration-system energy efficiency. DuPont Refrigerants, Honeywell, and Kysor-Warren, as well as Food Lion and Giant Eagle, are some of the partners in the alliance...[MORE]

USGBC Accepting Nominations for Building Curriculum Recognition Awards
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a call for submissions and a call for proposals for the Excellence in Green Building Curriculum Recognition Awards and Incentive Grants Program. The program recognizes curricula that advance the understanding and application of green-building principles. The awards and grants are available to grades pre-K to 12, community and technical colleges, and college and university programs. The USGBC will award up to two incentive grants of $20,000 in each category...[MORE]

New Government-Building Projects to Be Faster and Greener
U.S. government agencies have a wealth of building projects that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient in the works. Government agencies with planned 2008 construction projects include the Pentagon, the General Services Agency, the Army Corps, and the Energy and State departments...[MORE]


Green Shopping Centers
The International Council of Shopping Centers published ICSC Report: LEEDing the Retail Sector Green. This research report presents the business case for green buildings in the retail sector and representative cost data. It also profiles projects that are convincing other retailers to use green-building features and ratings...[MORE]

Industry Points the Way to Zero-Carbon Future
The U.K. Green Building Council (UK-GBC) published Carbon Reductions in New Non-Domestic Buildings. The report, compiled by members of the UK-GBC, finds that a majority of new commercial buildings can be zero-carbon if on-site, near-site, and offsite renewable-energy sources are used...[MORE]


WQA Aquatech USA 2008
The Water Quality Association's education conference, WQA Aquatech USA, is set for March 25-28 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Those attending will find hands-on tradeshow-floor education and business education, as well as three keynotes and education on the fundamentals for those new to the industry. This year, additional emphasis will be on industrial water treatment. A special networking event titled "Industrial Speed Dating" is designed to bring together companies involved in industrial water treatment. WQA Aquatech USA, an international exhibition and conference on water technology, attracts multiple water-industry groups, including process, drinking water, ultrapure, and wastewater for residential, commercial, and industrial users...[MORE]