With so many choices, it is important for facility owners to have at least a nodding familiarity with the various building rating systems. This article takes a look at LEED, Green Globes, ENERGY STAR, and the Living Building Challenge....More
Building owners and managers looking to find a new HVAC solution for their facility may want to think about a retrofit, according to what Peter Bush, CEO of Australian-based Aeris Environmental, told Sourceable.net.
With approximately half of a building’s energy consumption coming from HVAC, Bush said retrofitting HVAC and refrigeration systems could give buildings “dramatic” cuts in energy....More
Hollywood long has been known for—ahem—taking liberties with the truth (just ask any composite character). In this video gallery, longtime HPAC Engineering Editorial Advisory Board member Ron Wilkinson, a professional engineer who moonlights as a film critic, takes a look at 13 movies and three TV series whose makers were not about to let HVAC fundamentals get in the way of a good story....More
Ron Wilkinson, a professional engineer who moonlights as a film critic, takes a look at the 1985 cult classic "Brazil" as part of HPAC Engineering’s ongoing series “HVAC in Popular Movies: Did Hollywood Get It Right?”...More
The “Internet of Things” is not some abstract, futuristic concept. Though still in its infancy, it is a reality for the HVAC industry, with the potential for capabilities and benefits that are truly awe-inspiring....More
An interesting survey from Consulting-Specifying Engineer came out earlier this month. It showed engineering firms usually earmark about $2.6 million for HVAC and BAS products for their new and existing buildings....More
Looking for the next big city for a commercial, hotel, retail, or other building investment? Finding the next up and coming city offers many advantages for investors, especially as the price of property in big cities, such as San Francisco and New York, skyrockets.
In a two-year study of the geothermal-heat-pump (GHP) and variable-refrigerant-flow (VRF) heating and cooling systems installed at ASHRAE Headquarters in Atlanta, the GHP system outperformed the VRF system by a wide margin, the Geothermal Exchange Organization says....More
Jim Spaulding of Siemens Building Technologies shares his insights on the greatest difficulties managers of federal facilities face, how to better prepare government buildings to clear those hurdles, and how an energy performance contract can support energy-conservation measures....More
We, as people, have a short-but-sweet relationship with energy. Hot water comes from our showers and sinks, is quickly heated up, and brought into our lives at a moment’s notice. However, just as quickly, that water is back down the drain....More
More than 120 educational sessions covering a variety of topics will be offered during the 2015 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), which will be held Jan. 26-28 at McCormick Place in Chicago....More