In the world of manufacturing today, how and of what a product is made can be as important as how the product performs. Around the world, regulations meant to ensure the safety of those directly or indirectly impacted by a product’s creation are in place. These regulations impact most, if not all, equipment and components at play in the HVACR industry....More
Danfoss, manufacturer of electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration, industrial, and water systems, is accepting entries for its seventh annual EnVisioneer of the Year award competition....More
Amid sub-zero temperatures and 80-mph winds, two of four furnaces serving the State Lands headquarters continually are tripping off. Could the problem be ice crystals in the fuel line? The facilities manager, Pete “Plug” Lipcheau, has cleaned the fuel filters and blown out the fuel lines to no avail. Plug is about to come uncorked when he asks his pal Johnny Tundra to take a look.
When I became involved in HVAC in the late 1990s, I was pleasantly surprised to learn our industry, as competitive—some might even say ruthless or cutthroat—as it is, is actually quite generous when it comes to giving back to our communities and professions....More
A new Web application from ASHRAE automates the calculations needed to show a building project’s compliance with ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings....More
In 2014, Faith Bible Church embarked on a major expansion. “We were hoping to install geothermal units,” church elder Dick Nevala said. “That quickly proved to be cost-prohibitive, but Frank (Simmons of Simmons Heating and Air Conditioning) said he had an idea for a system that would leave us at no disadvantage.”...More
Air-conditioning manufacturer Carrier Corp. has faced heated criticism following its recent announcement it will be closing its Indianapolis plant and transferring production to Monterrey, Mexico....More
The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center’s energy needs are met in part with a closed-loop geothermal system designed to operate at a temperature of 60°F to 70°F. Three years after the center opened, however, the temperature of the fluid in the system’s wells began to climb....More
“Smart” cities use a mix of information, energy, and social technologies for environmental sustainability, economic prosperity, and livability. Being smart, however, is not enough, Lux Research says in a new report....More
Despite Punxsutawney Phil failing to see his shadow on Feb. 2, indicating an early start to spring for the United States, AccuWeather meteorologists are predicting cold air and the potential for snow to linger into March in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Elsewhere, they do not expect springlike severe weather to become widespread until April....More
A cross section of HVACR and buildings professionals offer their views on industry trends and issues or provide tips and best practices to help readers get the most out of their systems in 2016....More
Though not required until December, 2022, the new UL 60335-2-40 standard is currently active for matched and packaged air conditioners/heat pumps (no standalone systems), liquid chillers and hydronic fan coil units, hot water heat pumps, dehumidifiers and supplemental heaters (designed as part of an appliance package).
A data center or IT room uniquely alters the requirements of a building management system (BMS). This is primarily because of the criticality of IT and its dependence on facility infrastructure. IT’s reliance on power and cooling systems makes a BMS an important part of a larger data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution that brings together Facilities and IT. The cooperation and information sharing better ensures uninterrupted and efficient operation....More
A lot of leading building automations systems (BAS) are touted as being open. But what does that really mean? And does being open mean that building owners and operators are getting the most out of their BAS investments?
During this webinar, Johnson Controls BAS experts will examine the definition of openness and advise on what to look for from a BAS provider when secure interoperability and ease of integration is paramount. Because a unified intelligent infrastructure provides better interoperability so businesses run more efficiently....More