May 26, 2010

FASTRACK Features

The Benefits of Ice-Based Thermal Energy Storage
By LARRY CLARK, LEED AP, Hill York Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Is ice-based thermal-energy storage (TES) really green? Although the success of ice-based TES in reducing energy costs has been substantiated, there are differing opinions within the HVAC community regarding whether TES is a green technology. As one would expect, manufacturers of related equipment generally claim that ice-based TES reduces emissions, while outside authorities have disagreed on record. Because TES often can offer heat-recovery opportunities—such as for domestic water heating—its environmental friendliness is a legitimate concern. So, is ice-based TES economically and environmentally justifiable? How can we determine if the benefits gained by utilizing ice-based or any other type of TES are worth the resources used? [MORE]




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FASTRACK News

Pilot Program About to Discover Buildings' EQ

Engineers across the country have begun assessing the energy use of selected buildings as part of a pilot program designed to encourage the building industry to cut energy use and costs. [MORE]




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Assessment Finds Design-Guide Series Advances Energy Savings

A series of guides written by building organizations to advance energy efficiency is impacting the building industry positively, according to a new assessment commissioned by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). [MORE]

Siemens Searches for America’s Smartest Building

Created by Siemens Industry Inc., the Smartest Building in America challenge looks at how creatively facility managers use the technology that keeps America’s buildings operating. [MORE]

Consultant Identifies Steps to Enable Corporate Sustainability

Five steps can help a corporation's or campus' sustainability efforts catch fire, sustainability consultant Jerry Yudelson said. Recent research shows that, “Incorporating corporation sustainability or institution sustainability into strategic planning can provide companies with a competitive advantage, open up new markets, help new product development, and improve a company’s reputational equity,” Yudelson said. [MORE]





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