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May 2007


LAST SAMPLE of the Engineering Green Buildings e-newsletter!

Produced by HPAC Engineering, Engineering Green Buildings is an e-mail newsletter devoted exclusively to the green-buildings industry. Monthly, we report on green-building projects in the news, energy-efficient ways engineers are incorporating green-building solutions into their designs, and innovative ideas to promote a green-building future.

As a valued reader of either our online or print issues, we are sending you the LAST of three sample issues. If you wish to continue receiving this Engineering Green Buildings e-newsletter, subscribe now!

Specifying High-Performance Buildings and Systems
By Mark Frankel
Better performance outcomes through simple and common-sense changes to the specification process...[MORE]

New Report Examines Wind Energy's Impacts on Emissions, Wildlife, and Humans
The report Environmental Impacts of Wind Energy Projects, released by the National Research Council, offers an analysis of the environmental benefits and drawbacks of wind energy, along with a guide to aid decision-making about projects. The report states that a primary benefit of using wind to generate electricity is that it produces no carbon dioxide (CO2), a major greenhouse gas, or any other air pollutant...[MORE]

DOE Updates EnergyPlus Program for Building Energy Design
The Department of Energy (DOE) issued a new version of its EnergyPlus Version 2.0 program. The free program allows architects, building engineers, and others to model energy flow within a building, examining the effects of the building's heating, cooling, ventilating, and lighting systems. The software allows users to simulate the performance of a building at intervals of less than an hour, studying the energy and thermal-comfort effects of a variety of energy strategies, including natural ventilation, dividing homes into multiple heating and cooling zones, and adding solar photovoltaic panels...[MORE]

Who's Green--Directory of Green-Building Professionals in North America
Ecotone Publishing LLC is accepting listing applications for its Who's Green 2008. The publication is a resource book for locating firms, organizations, and institutions actively participating in the growth of the green-buildings industry. Firms and organizations wishing to be listed in the directory must submit an application outlining their green-building experience and expertise...[MORE]

Sustainable Buildings Standard to Define Green Buildings
Proposed Standard 189, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, which provides minimum guidelines for green-building practices, is being developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Applicable to new commercial buildings and major renovation projects, it will address energy efficiency, a building’s impact on the atmosphere, sustainable sites, water-use efficiency, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The standard is open for public review through July 9...[MORE]

PepsiCo Shifts to 100-Percent Green Power with Record Purchase
PepsiCo announced that it will buy more than 1.1 billion kwh of renewable-energy credits (RECs) annually for the next three years. RECs represent the renewable attributes of the electricity generated by renewable-power facilities. When those facilities sell their power into the electrical grid without taking credit for their renewable-energy benefits, the facilities are able to sell those benefits to others in the form of RECs. PepsiCo's REC purchase is equal to the amount of electricity used in its U.S. operations and is enough to power 90,000 average U.S. homes. The purchase was hailed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the largest corporate purchase of green power, the largest REC purchase to date, and the largest purchase made under the EPA's Green Power Partner program...[MORE]

Building Green TV Show Airs on PBS
Building Green TV announced that its weekly television series about creating homes and buildings in harmony with the environment is set to air on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) affiliate stations starting June 5. The show looks at a variety of ways to "green" homes and buildings using earth-friendly techniques and materials...[MORE]

Building-Design Leaders Unite on Energy-Reduction Targets
To reduce the building-design industry’s impact on the environment, key leaders in that sector are collaborating to establish carbon-neutral buildings by 2030. The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Architecture 2030, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), and the U.S. Green Building Council, supported by representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy, finalized an agreement of understanding this week, establishing a common starting point and a goal of net-zero-energy buildings. To reach that goal, the organizations agreed to define a baseline starting point for target goals, based on the national average energy consumption of existing U.S. commercial buildings reported in the 2003 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey...[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 Sept. 17 and 18 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

With its focus on hospitality, education, and government buildings -- key sectors for construction growth and green design -- EGB 2007 is expected to attract engineers, architects, mechanical contractors, and building owners/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...[MORE]

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