July 11, 2013: Vol. 12, No. 28 Advancing HVAC&R to Serve Humanity
And Promote a Sustainable World  



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Industry News

'World's Largest Building' Opens in China
SICHUAN PROVINCE, China—A building that Chinese officials are calling the largest in the world has opened in southwestern China. The New Century Global Center is 500 m (1,640 ft) long, 400 m (1,312 ft) wide and 100 m (305 ft) tall. The building is so large it is capable of housing the equivalent of 20 Sydney Opera Houses and is almost three times the size of the Pentagon. It includes offices, shopping malls, a Mediterranean village, a 14-screen IMAX theater and an ice-skating rink large enough to hold international skating competitions. The building took three years to complete.

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'Green' Building Blooming in Retail, Hotel Industries
NEW YORK—"Green" building is increasingly being embraced by the hospitality and retail industries, according to a new report by McGraw Hill Construction and Waste Management. In 2013, retail owners that are using green practices for more than half of their projects rose to 38% from 18% in 2011. That number is expected to rise to 52% by 2015. In the hotel industry, 48% are using green practices for more than half their projects. That is expected to rise to 64% in 2015. Green building projects are defined as "meeting LEED or another recognized green building standard, or one that is energy-efficient, water-efficient, and improves indoor air quality and/or engages in material resource conservation." Sixty-five percent of retail owners and 73% of hotel owners say they have used green operations and maintenance practices in at least one of their projects.

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New Energy Department Rule Boosts Efficiency of Federal Buildings
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a new rule in the Federal Register this week requiring new federal buildings to meet higher energy efficiency standards. The rule applies to buildings for which design begins on or after one year after publication in the Federal Register. It updates the baseline federal commercial standard to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2010, which DOE determined would save 18.2% more energy in commercial buildings than the 2007 version of Standard 90.1.

Click here to read the new rule as it is written in the Federal Register.

EPA to Release Upgraded Version of Portfolio Manager
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program will release a complete upgrade for Portfolio Manager, the industry-standard benchmarking tool for commercial buildings, on July 17. Portfolio Manager, a free online resource, enables users to benchmark against national averages, while tracking and managing energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. It is currently used by more than 70,000 individual accounts to measure, track, assess and report on the energy and water performance of nearly 40% of the nation’s commercial building space. The new Portfolio Manager will feature an easier-to-use interface, streamlined functionality, improved usability and enhanced reporting features. For example, data entry is made easier with enhanced graphics, wizards and prompts.

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Worldwide AC Thermostat Market Not Cooling Down
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Driven by demand from Asia, global shipments of thermostats used for air-conditioning applications will increase by nearly 50% in the period from 2012 through 2017, according to a new report from IMS Research. The Asian market is forecast to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13% from 2012 to 2017, compared to a CAGR of 8% for the global market. “An increasing population with higher disposable incomes is helping to expand the air-conditioning thermostat market in Asia," said William Rhodes, a senior market analyst at IMS Research's parent company IHS. "Owning an air-conditioning unit is cheaper than owning a car and is seen as a status symbol for an aspiring middle class."

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In other news...

UAE Mandates Energy-Efficiency Labels for Appliances
Model for Empire State Building's Retrofit Being Used Across U.S.
France Blocking Mercedes Registrations Over AC Refrigerant
LEED Adds Alternate Compliance Paths Tailored for Europe
London Skyscraper May Be Redesigned to Convert Air Pollution Into Biofuel
First Installation of Largest U.S. Solar Rooftop Project Goes Online
Total Capacity of Solar, Wind Energy Storage to Reach 22 GW by 2023
Worst Polluters in China Could Receive Death Penalty
Daikin Considers Using R-32 in UK
Why Hong Kong Skyscrapers Look Like They're Falling


Advanced Energy Design Guides Pass 500,000 Mark
More than 500,000 copies of the books in the Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) series have been downloaded or purchased since the series began in 2005. In 2008, ASHRAE began making the books available for free download. The series was developed by a committee representing energy professionals drawn from ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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Feature of the Week

Thermo Active Building Systems: Using Building Mass To Heat and Cool
By Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE
Thermo active building systems (TABS) are primarily used for cooling multistory buildings. By activating the building mass, there is a direct heating-cooling effect. The cooling demand is distributed over a longer period during the day and shifted from daytime to nighttime. This leads to lower peak loads, allowing the use of conditioning plants of reduced sizes. This article covers considerations of TABS such as impact on IAQ, cooling capacity, and control strategies.

This article originally was published in February 2012. Click here to download the article. It will be available here through July 25.

After July 25, access to the article from this eNewsletter will no longer be available. It will remain available for free download by members here and for purchase by nonmembers in the ashrae.org online store.

Product News

ERV Systems From Munters
CLOVERDALE, Va.—DryCool ERV systems from Munters are designed to meet dehumidification requirements for the entire building, providing 100% makeup air at space-neutral temperature and below space humidity. The core of DryCool’s technology is a condenser-reactivated desiccant wheel. The evaporator coil provides cooling prior to the desiccant process, and energy recovery devices such as heat recovery wheels and heat pipes can be incorporated to optimize performance.

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Building Automation Software From American Auto-Matrix
EXPORT, Pa.—American Auto-Matrix has released AspectFT v2.0 building automation and energy control software. The software is designed to make building automation simple for facility managers by  integrating  building control with common applications such as Twitter, RSS, email,  Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook and Apple iCAL. The software also features HTML5 compatibility. HTML5 allows users to access and alter information from Web-enabled devices with no additional plug-ins or engineering time.

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Air Curtains From Mars Air Systems
LOS ANGELES—Phantom series air curtains from Mars Air Systems are enclosed in housing that can be concealed and recess-mounted into the ceiling in applications such as restaurants, casinos and hotels. Models in the new series also feature aluminum construction, corrosion-resistant, powder-coated finish, and an easy-to-install and low-maintenance design.

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