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  • Oct 22, 2013
    Commentary

    China’s Pollution Peril Vividly Demonstrates Our Industry’s Value

    The ongoing focus on energy-efficiency brings many opportunities to the HVAC industry, and also helps us avoid environmental woes....More
  • Oct 22, 2013
    Commentary

    As-Built Drawings: Getting What You Pay For

    How often do we go on a site visit and find there are no as-built drawings? Not only are there no as-built drawings, there is no original permit set of plans! Because most of my work is with existing buildings, many of them older buildings, I’ve become accustomed to this. More frequently than I like to admit, the only floor plan we’re provided for an energy audit is the emergency evacuation map posted by the elevators!...More
  • Oct 8, 2013
    Commentary

    Embodied Energy

    The embodied-energy debate continues to rage. For those unfamiliar with the concept, embodied energy is the total energy required to produce a product and deliver it to its point of use....More
  • Sep 25, 2013
    Commentary

    Beyond Buildings: Achieving Sustainable Communities

    As a member of the Smart Growth Partnership board of directors, I recently saw a presentation about STAR (Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating) Communities’ STAR Community Rating System, a free “voluntary self-reporting framework for evaluating, quantifying, and improving the livability and sustainability of U.S. communities.”...More
  • Sep 11, 2013
    Commentary

    Balancing Energy Conservation and Occupant Comfort

    Lately, there has been a lot of talk concerning the adverse effect of energy conservation on occupant comfort, blogger Larry Clark says, admitting that although he makes his living helping clients reduce energy consumption, it is a real issue....More
  • Aug 28, 2013
    Commentary

    LEED and Green Globes

    Recently, the leading green-building rating systems have been in the news: The Green Building Initiative launched a new version of Green Globes for New Construction, U.S. Green Building Council members overwhelmingly approved LEED v4, and the ENERGY STAR program released an upgraded Portfolio Manager tool, important to both Green Globes and LEED....More
  • Aug 14, 2013
    Commentary

    Stay Informed on Energy Issues

    One of the most controversial topics in the energy industry today is fracking. For those unfamiliar with fracking—forget the politics for a moment—it is a drilling technique by which water (generally, process wastewater) is injected into a well under high pressure to induce hydraulic fracturing. This results in a significant increase in the well’s productivity. Proponents point to the large amount of otherwise unobtainable shale gas that can be recovered and the resulting economic and energy-independence benefits. Opponents object to environmental and health risks that have been associated with the technique....More


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