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Bluegrass Chapter of ASHRAE January 2012 Newsletter

President’s Letter - January 2012

by Kevin Davies, 2011-12 Chapter President

Hello everyone!  I hope you had an enjoyable Holiday Season, and break from our normal monthly program schedule.  We are ready to start back up in 2012 with a great lineup of programs throughout the Winter and Spring.  We are booked solid through April, and hope to provide a technical seminar in May with multiple speakers.

Note that this month’s program has been moved up to January 13th to avoid the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago.   You can pay at the door: $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for students. The Meal Plan opportunity has expired.

 

As always, thank you for the support of your local Bluegrass Chapter.  If you have any general questions, comments, or concerns as we move forward this year, do not hesitate to call me directly at 859-225-2081, or e-mail me at the above mentioned address.

-Kevin Davies


ASHRAE January Meeting

Refrigeration Safety: PSM”  Friday, January 13th

We will meet at the Campbell House for a hot lunch and presentation, beginning at 12:00.  The cost will be $15 per member, $20 per non-member, and $5 for students.

The session will cover:

Presented by:  Dominc Kolandayan, Regulatory Engineer; Daikin AC Inc

Dominic Kolandayan has over 26 years experience in the HVAC industry and has worked in a variety of Engineering, Marketing and Certification functions for Trane, York and ARI.

Currently, he is actively involved in, but not limited to, AHRI, ASHRAE, USGBC, DOE, ICC, NFPA, etc. and is responsible for addressing all code and regulatory issues to ensure Daikin’s products are compliant with all applicable codes and requirements.

He presently serves as the Official Representative for Daikin at AHRI; at ASHRAE, he serves as a Non Voting Member (NVM-Producer) in SSPC 15 and as a Webmaster in TC 8.7 VRF and is actively involved in several ASHRAE technical committees.

He holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India and a Master of Business Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Please RSVP through our Meeting Detail Page if you plan to attend.

The Campbell House is located on the corner of S. Broadway and Mason Headley Rd. See map below:

Picture - Campell House Lexington, KY

 


 

YEA Night @ Pazzos Pizza Pub

6:30 PM on Jan 31st.

ALL are invited YEA and more experience engineers.

Discuss topics for YEA learning sessions for the Spring.

UK vs UT  7PM on ESPNU

Please RSVP to Jonathon Puckett ( jpuckett@trane.com ) or Andrew Jenkins ( andrew.jenkins@trane.com ) so we can have an accurate head count.

 


 

 


 

ASHRAE Winter Meeting YEA Events in Chicago

Saturday 



YEA/Student Mixer

5-6:30pm

Palmer House, Chicago Room, Floor 5

Sunday 



YEA Committee Meeting

7am-12noon

Palmer House, Clark 3, Floor 7

YEA Hospitality Suite

4-7pm

Palmer House, Salon 1, Floor3


Bluegrass Chapter Participation at UK Engineering Day

Continuing an annual tradition, ASHRAE will participate with an exhibit at the University of Kentucky’s Engineers Day Open House (Eday).  Feel free to stop by the booth Saturday, February 25, 2012, 9:00 am-1:00 pm.  If you haven’t experienced Eday it is a lot of fun for adults and children.  Also, anyone who wishes to participate, please contact Jonathan Puckett and/or Andrew Jenkins.

http://www.bluegrassashrae.org/chapter-officers/

 


Call for Posters

Keynote Speakers, ALI Course Announced for ASHRAE High Performance Building Conference

ATLANTA – Application techniques, actual performance and policy issues for achieving high performance buildings with deep energy savings are addressed at ASHRAE’s upcoming High Performance Buildings (HPB) Conference. Registration is now open.

High Performance Buildings: A Focus on Deep Energy Savings, advances the industry’s efforts to change the energy-use aspects of the built environment. The conference takes place March 12-13, 2012, San Diego, Calif., and features 50 presentations in 16 sessions covering a broad range of HPB topics.  To register or for more information, visit www.ashrae.org/HPBconference.

“This is a must-attend conference for professionals, researchers and building owners involved in setting policy and applying best practices for energy efficiency in high performance buildings,” conference chair and ASHRAE Presidential Member Kent Peterson, P.E., said. “This specialty conference provides a great opportunity to network with the trend setters in building energy efficiency.”

With an attendance limited to 300, the conference allows an exchange of ideas and dialogue to facilitate understanding of current energy saving efforts, share best practices and to establish an action plan to substantially improve energy efficiency in buildings.

The conference is presented by ASHRAE’s High Performing Buildings Magazine, which publishes articles on measured high performance buildings only. The conference features three HPB case study sessions that include natural ventilation, net zero energy implementation, building controls, Germany’s first LEED® Platinum building as well as schools, office buildings and a library.

In addition, a special HPB Magazine session features the editorial advisory board, sharing lessons they have learned from reporting on the experiences of the designers, contractors, suppliers and owners of buildings that have been featured in the magazine.  In addition, case studies of selected buildings are presented.

Keynote speakers are:

•     Jeanne Clinton, special advisor for efficiency at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), appointed by Governor Brown, speaking on “Energy Management Meets Economic Development.” Previously she was Governor Schwarzenegger’s Clean Energy Advisor at the CPUC, during which time she led the California Solar Initiative and guided California’s Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.

•     Eric Corey Freed, organicARCHITECT, San Francisco, will challenge attendees through his address, “Dodo-Sapiens: How Our Way of Life is Killing Us and the Need for Regenerative, Bio-Based Buildings.”

•     ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin, who will discuss “ASHRAE's High Performance Building Initiatives: Sustaining Leadership in Sustainability.”

The Building Performance sessions address integrated measurement, operation and maintenance practices; thermal and visual performance; residential retrofits; design, operation and tenant behavior; and minimum ventilation rate procedure.

The Policy and Benchmarking sessions cover U.S. Army net zero policy initiatives; NSTAR – HPB as a part of the State of Massachusetts’ energy efficiency goals; and CALGreen – California’s green building standards code.

The Low Energy Techniques Sessions cover net zero district vs. net zero buildings; the 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small and Medium Office Buildings published by ASHRAE; biomimicry; and high temperature cooling techniques.

Bottom-line results are addressed in the Return on Investment Session with business case studies on net zero energy buildings in San Diego and Phoenix; financial metrics for comparing efficiency and renewables projects; Caltech’s Energy Conservation Investment Program; and life-cycle commissioning.

Other sessions cover envelopes, lighting/daylighting, plug loads, operations and integrated building design.

Registration cost is $650 ($550, ASHRAE, U.S. Green Building Council and American Institute of Architects members).  An “on-demand” Virtual Conference is included with the registration fee.  A Virtual Conference only registration is $149 ($99, member).  The conference will be approved for AIA LUs, PDHs and LEED AP credits.

Also being offered in conjunction with the conference is an ASHRAE Learning Institute seminar, Implementing Standard 189.1-2009 for High-Performance Green Buildings, which focuses on the minimum requirements for the design, construction and plans for operating high-performance buildings. The seminar takes place on March 11, and the cost is $485 ($395 ASHRAE, U.S. Green Building Council and American Institute of Architects members). Attendees can save $100 on the seminar cost if registering for both the seminar and the conference.

Call for Posters

Poster presentations are requested for high performance buildings that may be either in design or completed, and will be grouped in two categories:  those with one year or more of measured energy data and those relying on modeled energy use. Submissions are particularly encouraged for projects that:

•     Emphasize innovative strategies to dramatically improve energy efficiency

•     Demonstrate replicable strategies

•     Share valuable lessons learned

•     Have one year or more of measured energy data

Poster proposals are due Jan. 9, 2012, and decisions will be made as posters are submitted. Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference. Poster presenters receive a discounted registration rate of $500, ($400, members). To download the poster template or for more information, visit www.ashrae.org/HPBconference.

 


 

ASHRAE Provides Guidance on the “How-To’s” of Energy Audits

ATLANTA—Seeking to promote best practices and offer a “how-to” approach, ASHRAE has released updated guidance on building energy audits.

While energy audits are a commonly used component of the industry, there is great diversity in the services delivered to customers, and little industry standardization. The second edition of “Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits” promotes best practices, provides “how-to’s” and fills a void in available information for engineers, building owners, managers and government entities. The new publication includes time-saving tips for energy auditors, how to hire an auditor, what to ask for in a comprehensive audit report and how to build a successful energy efficiency retrofit team.

“As we work to reduce energy consumption in our commercial buildings, we want to ensure that recommendations are cost effective, technically feasible, maintain safety and comfort and result in significant energy savings” Jim Kelsey, a member of Technical Committee 7.6, Building Energy Performance, and who oversaw the writing of the updated publication, said. “This volume focuses on how to improve energy audit best practices. Providing the best audits that we can will help move the industry forward to net zero buildings.”

Additionally, the publication addresses how to build a successful team, analytical methods, successful approaches to site visits, incorporating on-site measurements, economic evaluation of measures and how to organize an energy audit report that promotes action on the part of building owners and managers. It includes many tips for conducting energy audits and reviewing results prepared by others. For example, the top things to check for in when reviewing an audit report include verifying that:

•proposed measures are feasible and appropriate for the building;

•proposed measures meet applicable building codes;

•data are internally consistent;

•savings estimate methods follow established principles and methods;

•estimates of potential energy savings are reasonable compared to quick estimates and historical energy use;

•proposed cost estimates are reasonable relative to field experience;

•interactions between EEMs are identified and addressed;

•recommendations and report meet the project scope, goals and client’s needs;

•any financial discussion includes current and viable mechanisms available per the tax structure, location, and motivations of the client.

Another benefit of the new publication is a greatly expanded section of forms and template analyses, including “live” Excel spreadsheets, checklists and equipment-specific forms suitable for field collection of detailed commercial building data, to name just a few.

“Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits, Second Edition” is available in the ASHRAE bookstore, www.ashrae.org/bookstore, for $99 ($84, ASHRAE members). Or, contact ASHRAE Customer Service at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 404-321-5478, to order.

 


 

ASHRAE Announces Energy Modeling Conference, Call for Presenters

ATLANTA – An upcoming ASHRAE specialty conference seeks to advance the industry’s ability to more accurately model and simulate a building’s energy use.

ASHRAE’s Energy Modeling Conference – Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings is slated for Oct. 1-3, 2012 in Atlanta. The conference will guide building design professionals about what does and does not work when using currently available modeling tools to design and analyze buildings and their energy using systems. 

“The conference will provide the design professional with ‘workarounds’ that may be applied to improve the results of their modeling results when their modeling tool of choice may not be capable of modeling some of the more unique or hybrid buildings or energy using systems being used in high performance buildings today,” Dennis Knight, conference chair,  said.

With a focus on case studies and real world examples, the conference will allow an exchange of ideas among design professionals and software developers to facilitate understanding of current modeling tools and their capabilities and limitations and identify the need for new tools and improvements to existing modeling and simulation tools.  The conference will guide design professionals toward developing in-house modeling checklists and quality control procedures to improve their competence and confidence in making decisions and recommendations based on modeling in their day-to-day practices.

Building on the successful Energy Modeling Conference format in April 2011, this conference will begin with an interactive session with modeling software developers presenting common modeling scenarios on how their specific software can model a scenario, whether there are any limitations and what might be the best work around and exceptional modeling practices to obtain acceptable results when the tool cannot model the scenario out-of-the-box.

Call for Presenters

ASHRAE seeks presentations on case studies and actual projects and how they were analyzed and designed using modeling tools as well as integrated and interoperable modeling tools to best optimize buildings and energy-using systems.  Presentation abstracts are requested on the following topics:

•     HVAC load analysis

•     Energy modeling

•     Side-by-side software provider presentations on their ability to address specific modeling system types and applications and energy simulation programs

•     Code and standards compliance issues

•     ENERGY STAR, LEED® and other high performance building guidelines’ impacts on models

•     Innovative system modeling: chilled beams, water source heat pumps, renewables, variable refrigerant flow, cogeneration, labyrinths, electronically commutated motors

•     Integration of analytic modeling tools with building information modeling

•     Exceptional modeling techniques for when tools just do not work

•     Simplified and rapid modeling techniques that may be applied for early analysis.

•     Integration of daylighting, computational fluid dynamics  and other exceptional modeling techniques and results into HVAC simulations

•     Life cycle cost analysis

To submit a presentation application, visit www.ashrae.org/EMC2012.  Information required for the submission are a 300-500 word abstract, 100 word “promotion” abstract and other information.

Presenters will give an oral presentation, have their presentations posted online for conference attendees and receive a substantially-reduced conference registration rate.

Presentation Schedule:

Full Page Abstracts due: Feb. 15, 2012

Notification of abstract decisions: March 15, 2012

Accepted speaker forms due: April 15, 2012

Presentations due: Sept. 1, 2012

Conference: October 2012

For more information, go to www.ashrae.org/EMC2012.

 


ASHRAE Technology Awards Highlight Outstanding Building Projects

ATLANTA – Designers of systems for a university building, a cancer center, an ice rink and other commercial building are recognized by ASHRAE for incorporating elements of innovative building design.

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design.  Their designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor air quality. The awards communicate innovative systems design to other ASHRAE members and highlight technological achievements of ASHRAE to others around the world. Winning projects are selected from entries earning regional awards.

“Every year, the judging panel looks forward to the reviewing the outstanding projects submitting by our membership,” Nathan Hart, chair of the judging panel said. “Being a consulting engineer myself, I appreciate the effort involved in submitting an entry to Society-level competition. I enjoy seeing what fellow ASHRAE members are doing to strive for more energy efficient, well ventilated maintenance friendly building designs.  Many of the entries this year incorporated innovations and technologies that took advantage of their specific geographical locations to provide more energy efficient systems—helping to highlight that one size does not fit all and that a more energy efficient design solution may be available when considering the project as a whole.”

Following are summaries of the winning projects.

Mountain Equipment Co-op

Roland Charneux, P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, ASHRAE Certified Healthcare Facility Design Professional, Pageau Morel & Associates, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, receives first place in the new commercial buildings category for the Mountain Equipment Co-op store, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. The building is owned by the Mountain Equipment Co-op.

The Mountain Equipment Co-op store, a 2,600 sq. ft. single story retail sporting goods outlet, was designed and built so as to have a minimal impact on the environment. Traditionally, artificial lighting contributes to a large part of the total energy consumption in commercial retail stores. It was thus decided to maximize day lighting through a series of clerestory with a saw tooth shape roof. Also, light sensors were integrated in the design to partially or completely shut down the artificial lighting when natural lighting is sufficient. Occupancy sensors were integrated in small spaces to completely shut off lighting when not in use.

Optimization of the envelope resulted in an envelope insulated near twice the recommendations of the Model National Energy Code for Buildings, thus reducing the overall energy needs for the building. Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) were used for their efficiency, tightness and minimal construction time. Energy simulations showed a measured annual energy saving of 54 percent and cost savings of 57 percent.

Taking into consideration new, unpacked products that retail stores carry—which bring pollutants into the occupied zone—and racking which impedes good air distribution if supplied from the ceiling, air is supplied via underground air distribution with displacement ventilation diffusers  at floor level. Additionally, the building utilizes active solid thermal energy storage in its concrete slab; an underground cistern to collect rain water and to feed the water closet, as well as waterless urinals; and natural/hybrid ventilation with leeward vents at roof level, to name just a few innovations. Overall, the new store consumes 57 percent less than the recommendations provided by the Canadian Energy Model Code.

IKEA Brossard Distribution Center

Ken Sonmor, Ecovision Consulting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, receives first place in the existing commercial buildings category for the IKEA Brossard Distribution Center, Quebec, Canada. The building is owned by the IKEA Distribution Services, CA LP.

The extensive distribution center (79,750 sq. m.) belonging to one of the largest furniture retailers in the world consists of a warehouse, where goods are received, stored and then shipped, along with adjoining office spaces.

On the lighting front, nearly 700 T12 high output (HO) lighting fixtures were replaced with a combination of T8 and T5 HO lights. An additional 510 high-intensity discharge fixtures were replaced with T5 HOs fixtures with custom made reflectors to bring the light where needed. Motion sensors were installed throughout the entire facility shedding 250kW of lighting power. Luminosity sensors near windows in the office areas turn off lighting when not required thus harvesting daylight.

A 160T geothermal system is now the principal source of heat for the building. To attain the greatest possible efficiency, a dual maglev frictionless compressor heat pump was chosen. A greater number of wells than average maintain a very close approach with the ground temperature of 50 F. This higher temperature permits the reduction of glycol concentration which benefits the efficiency of the heat pump, the heat transfer through the vertical geothermal wells and lower pumping power. These improvements allow for a coefficient of performance of 5-7 in heating—representing a 50 percent improvement over a traditional geothermal layout. During a typical winter, the geothermal system is capable of supplying 70 percent of required heat.

The overall project thus provides greater human comfort, with never-before cooling in the warehouse while realizing greater than 50 percent dollar energy savings.

Université de Sherbrooke

René Dansereau, Dessau, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, receives first place in the educational facilities category for the design of the Université de Sherbrooke—Campus de Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. The building is owned by the Université de Sherbrooke.

With its 16-story glass tower built in the heart of Longueuil’s downtown area, the Université de Sherbrooke’s new campus building is one of the tallest structures on Montreal’s South Shore. The 650,000 sq. ft. campus includes classrooms, offices and labs for nine faculties under a single roof. Its architectural design focuses on open spaces and gathering areas, such as a green roof “oasis,” to enhance a sense of community within the campus.

Determined to create an eco-friendly building, Dansereau and his firm took a unique approach to engineer the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems: Right from the start, designers chose an integrated design approach to the project. Though geothermal energy is rarely used in urban settings, designers connected a chiller to a geothermal system consisting of 37 vertical boreholes. The 165-ton screw chiller acts essentially like a heat pump and provides about 25 percent of the building’s heating and cooling capacity.

With average winter temperatures falling significantly below freezing in the Montreal area, fresh air treatment can be quite costly. To enhance energy savings, three enthalpy wheels were installed on new ventilation units. These wheels recover latent and sensible heat that is usually lost in exhaust air. With an efficiency rate of 76 percent, the wheels help reduce annual heating, cooling and humidity demands.

Along with several other energy efficient innovations, energy consumption was reduced by 46 percent, consequently saving over $250,000 a year on energy invoices. Including subsidies, the return on investment for energy-saving equipment is approximately two and a half years.

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre

Paul Marmion, Stantec Consulting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, receives first place in the new health care facilities category for the design of the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, British Columbia, Canada. The building is a Public Private Partnership (P3) sponsored and operated by Laing Investments Management Services (Canada). The building is owned by the hospital.

The Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (ARHCC) is an acute care hospital built in the province of British Columbia. The hospital is a technologically advanced, 63,000 sq. m., $355 million, 300 bed acute care hospital with nine operating theatres, pediatric and maternity services, inpatient isolation rooms, medical imaging and radiation cancer treatment facilities.

Marmion and his team were responsible for the design of the HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems of the hospital, helping to successfully complete the fast tracked health care facility on time and on budget. The building incorporates several features to conserve energy, one of which is two 900 ton chillers which are piped in a counter-flow configuration with chilled water temperature reset control to optimize energy efficiency, consuming a maximum of .5 Kw/ton of cooling. There was no incremental capital cost of adding the courter-flow configuration, resulting in an annual energy saving of $3,400, providing in instant payback. Additionally, the water use in the hospital has been reduced by 20.6 percent through the innovative use of dual flush toilets, even in the inpatient rooms, low flow lavatory and kitchen sinks and low flow showers.

The ARHCC is running 56 percent below the Environmental Protection Agency’s energy benchmark, using just 153 kBtu/ft2 compared to the typical 350 kBtu/ft2 for a similar building. It has also been determined that the hospital is producing 3140 metric tons of CO2, compared to an equivalent facility which produced 8470 metric tons of CO2. Ultimately, the savings in CO2 emissions is equivalent to taking 1,400 cars off the road.

Thermal Energy Corporation—Thermal Energy Storage

Blake Ellis, P.E., Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo., receives first place in the new industrial facilities or processes category for Thermal Energy Storage at the Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas. The owner is Thermal Energy Corporation, Houston, Texas.

In 2007, master planning determined that the cooling load of the 80,000 ton chilled water system that served the Texas Medical Center would double over the next two decades. With that in mind, the owner sought the most cost effective way to provide the increased quantity of chilled water to the campus while maintaining the high level of reliability to serve the critical needs of the medical center.

It was determined that thermal energy storage (TES) in a load leveling scheme was the most cost effective first step to meet the increased chilled water demand. This resulted in the selection of an 8.8 million gallon stratified chilled water storage tank; with a height of 150 ft., it is the tallest stratified chilled water storage tank in the world. Connecting such a tall tank that is open to the atmosphere to a closed chilled water system creates 65 psig of pressure at the bottom of the tank on both the chilled water supply and return lines connected to the tank. A traditional single direction pumping scheme could no longer be utilized and a unique simultaneous dual direction pumping scheme was created.

Conventional wisdom would indicate that a TES system uses more energy than an equivalent non-TES system. However, TES systems use slightly less energy (BTUs or kW-hr) by shifting chilled water production from the middle of the afternoon when the highest wet-bulb temperatures of the day are experienced to the evening when wet-bulb temperatures are lower. The lower wet-bulb temperatures yield lower condenser water temperatures, which allow the chillers to operate more efficiently during the night hours when the tank is charged.

Energy savings during the first year were 7-9 percent in the summer and approximately 5 percent aggregated over the entire year. Energy costs were dramatically reduced due to the real time pricing in Houston, Texas. During the first 23 days of August 2011, the owner saved over $500,000 in electrical energy cost due to very high ($3,000+/MW-hr) electric costs.

Arena Marcel Dutil

Luc Simard, Compressor Systems Control (CSC), Les Coteaux, Quebec, Canada, receives first place in the existing industrial facilities or processes category for the renovation of Arena Marcel-Dutil, St-Gédéon-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada. The building is owned by the Municipalite St-Gédéon-de-Beauce.  

In 2010, the arena was equipped with the first 100 percent CO2 based refrigeration system for ice rinks in the world. The existing R22 chiller was removed, as well as the existing ice mat, and the concrete slab was retrofitted to install the new system. The system uses R744 as both a primary and secondary working fluid, a natural, non-toxic, non-corrosive and highly efficient refrigerant listed A1 in the B52 code. Because there is no secondary fluid, the evaporating temperature of the CO2 can be set at -7 C while keeping the ice sheet at -5 C. The result is an evaporating temperature higher than all other standard ice rink refrigeration systems.    

The refrigeration system has a 3kW variable speed CO2 pump that reduces the power needed for circulating the cold fluid by 90 percent compared to secondary fluid installations. For a typical ice rink facility, the savings can be up to 125,000 kWh per year. The arena was also compared to similar projects in the area and was found to have a 25 percent reduction in total energy costs. Also, when comparing the new system with the old chiller using R22, and considering an annual leak rate of 15 percent for the old system, the total greenhouse gas reduction associated with the new 100 percent CO2 refrigeration system is up to 100 tons per year.


O&M Mini-Conference Featured in ASHRAE 2012 Winter Conference Tech Program

ATLANTA—With low and zero energy buildings becoming more prevalent, there are many issues that arise with installation, startup, commissioning and operations and maintenance. To help ensure that the design intent of these more complicated systems is understood, an O&M “mini-conference” is being offered as part of ASHRAE’s 2012 Winter Conference, Jan. 21-25.

The mini-conference takes place Jan. 22-23 and is held in conjunction with the Technical Program of the ASHRAE Winter Conference, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Ill. The mini-conference kicks off with a debate on building operations and several sessions addressing current practices and tools.

“The mini-conference offers an opportunity to have an in-depth conversation for interested professionals in an abbreviated period of time,” Sarah Maston, Technical Program track chair of Operations & Maintenance, said.  

The mini-conference addresses lessons learned, improvement of process and team communications and effort to improve the installation, startup, O&M of HVAC systems.

In particular, the importance of test procedures for HVAC systems for is addressed on Monday, Jan. 23, in “Air-Handling System Leakage: Benefits and Costs of Field Tests.” Such procedures are necessary because as much as one third of a system’s airflow can leach through the air distribution system, which can lead to loss of comfort and heating or cooling capacity; increase air conditioning and heating bills; and contribute to indoor air quality problems. The session highlights the benefits and costs of performing system leakage tests from the perspective of a testing, adjusting and balancing contractor, an association of sheet metal contractors and researchers, as well as an upcoming standard from ASHRAE and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) pertaining to testing procedures and requirements for total HVAC system air leakage in commercial buildings. The session is held 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Palmer House Hilton.

Additional sessions include:
•    “What is the Right Degree of Automation in Building Operations: A Debate and Discussion”
•    “Has Your TRAINing Left the Station?”
•    “Fault Detection and Energy Audits”
•    “Energy Savings and Performance Improvements through O&M”
•    “Maximizing the Benefits of Commissioning: Incorporating Design Reviews and the Building Envelope into the Commissioning Scope”
•     “Vibration Induced Noise and Mechanical Equipment Vibration Isolation, Balance and Predictive Maintenance”
•    “YEA for Air Cleaning!”
•    “Approaching Net-Zero and Maintaining Your Course: O&M Tools to Maintain Building Performance”
•    “The New Age of Water Treatment for Mixed Metal Systems and High Efficiency Aluminum Boilers” – a free session to be held at the AHR Expo, McCormick Place

Additionally, the Chicago Virtual Conference is included with a paid Conference registration—comp and single day registration excluded—and includes on-demand access to all speakers’ audio presentations synced to their presentations.  Attendees and speakers can post comments on the presentations for a two-week period following the completion of the Conference.  Those not attending the Chicago Winter Conference in person may register for the Virtual Conference only. Register at www.ashrae.org/chicagovirtual.

For more information on the ASHRAE Conference, Jan. 21-25, or the Tech Program visit www.ashrae.org/chicago.


Call for Papers Extended for Cold Climate Conference

ATLANTA—The call for papers deadline for the Seventh International HVAC Cold Climate Conference, Nov. 12-14, 2012, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has been extended to Jan. 6, 2012.
Cold Climate HVAC 2012, hosted by ASHRAE, will provide key elements of a strategy by which scientists, designers, engineers, manufacturers and other decision makers in cold climate regions can achieve good indoor environmental quality (IEQ), with a minimum use of resources and energy.

“The deadline is being extended to Jan. 6 to foster the submission of a greater number of papers on international innovations in cold climate HVAC design,” Erich Binder, conference president, said.

A predominate number of Canadian papers have been submitted, and the conference’s Scientific Committee of nearly 40 members from 15 countries seeks broader participation, he said.

The range of topics includes energy and sustainability in cold climate environments; building technology for people in cold climates; indoor environment and health; challenges for remote areas; cold climate building envelopes and moisture management; HVAC system operation and maintenance; and cold climate standards, codes, regulations and requirements.

The Scientific Committee seeks papers featuring innovations in cold climate HVAC design. This includes new technologies and applications; improved methodologies, improvements to computational models or other design tools; novel methods of management, organization or quality assurance; and novel avenues of research or revised conceptual frameworks for designers.

Submit abstracts no longer than 350 words, which summarize the objectives, approach, results and conclusions of the proposed paper, and five to seven keywords by Jan. 6, 2012. Upon acceptance, papers will be due April 1, 2012. For specific topics, to submit a conference paper abstract or for more information go to www.ashrae.org/ColdClimate. For additional information, contact meetings@ashrae.org.

The Scandinavian Federation of Heating, Ventilation and Sanitary Engineering Associations (SCANVAC) initiated the series of Cold Climate HVAC Conferences. The six previous conferences have been successfully organized in Rovaniemi, Finland in 1994; Reykjavik, Iceland in 1997; Sapporo, Japan in 2000; Trondheim, Norway in 2003; Moscow, Russia in 2006; and Sisimiut, Greenland in 2009.

The series of congresses have earlier been supported by national HVAC societies, the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition Associations (REHVA) and ASHRAE.


New Book Offers Guidance on Implementing Energy Savings Plan

ATLANTA – Guidance on increasing energy efficiency in existing buildings through measuring and tracking efficiency and implementing an efficiency plan is featured in a new book from leading built environment organizations.

“Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: Technical Implementation” provides clear and easily understood technical guidance for energy upgrades, retrofits and renovations by which building engineers and managers can achieve at least a 30 percent improvement in energy performance relative to a range of benchmark energy utilization indexes. It features practical means and methods for planning, executing and monitoring an effective program, based on widely available techniques and technologies.

"Energy efficiency improvement in buildings is one of the greatest means to increase resource efficiency, improve environmental stewardship and save operating funds,” George Jackins, who chaired the committee overseeing the book, said. “More importantly, energy efficient improvement should happen because it makes good business sense.  Good planning and on-going commitment is essential to maximizing investments in energy efficiency.”

Improving energy in an existing building is an iterative process, but first you have to know where you are starting from, according to Jackins. The book recommends some tips on how to begin the energy savings process:

1. Calculate energy use and cost

2. Set energy performance goals

3. Measure and analyze current energy use

4. Select and implement energy efficiency measures

5. Measure and report improvements

6. Continue to track performance and reassess goals

“Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings:  Technical Implementation” is the second energy efficient guide for existing commercial buildings developed by the same group developing at the Advanced Energy Design Guide series for new buildings – ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. In addition, the Building Owners and Managers Association and the U.S. General Services Administration were involved in its development. The first, “Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: The Business Case for Building Owners and Managers,” provides the rationale for making economic decisions related to improving and sustaining energy efficiency in existing buildings.

The cost of “Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings – Technical Implementation” is $75 ($64, ASHRAE members). To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Contact Center at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 404-321-5478, or visit www.ashrae.org/bookstore.


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