October 24, 2013: Vol. 12, No. 42 Advancing HVAC&R to Serve Humanity
And Promote a Sustainable World  



 

 

 
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Industry News

New IECC Includes Sweeping Changes for Existing Buildings
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—The recently finalized 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) includes important higher efficiency requirements for existing buildings, controls for lighting and daylighting hardware and HVAC equipment specifications, according to the New Buildings Institute (NBI). "Taken together, the approved code changes represent the most significant code revisions for energy consumption of existing buildings since the 1970s," said Jim Edelson, NBI senior manager of Codes and Policy. The IECC is reviewed and updated every three years and serves as the model energy code for many states and local jurisdictions. Code officials and local government representatives voting on the new IECC approved a new chapter that has separate sections for additions, alterations and repairs. The sections of the new chapter clearly define the activity types and describe how the provisions of the code apply. Other changes include provisions for new HVAC technologies, lighting and daylighting, and historic buildings.

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U.S. GHG Emissions Continue to Decline
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reported Oct. 21 that U.S. emissions of energy-related greenhouse gases were lower last year than at any time since 1994. Driven by efficiency gains, an unusually warm winter and increasing use of natural gas as opposed to coal, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions actually declined 3.8% in 2012. This is despite the fact that the U.S. economy grew 2.8% last year, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the statistical arm of DOE. The emissions decline was the largest in any year in which the U.S. had positive growth in per capita gross domestic product (GDP). The EIA also reported that 2012 was the fifth year in a row that energy-related carbon emissions declined after peaking in 2007.

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Energy-Efficiency Education Could Yield Financial Benefits to Consumers
WASHINGTON—Consumers could save about $1,000 on annual household energy costs if energy-efficiency performance standards were more prevalent and better understood, according to a recent report by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA). The report, Energy Efficiency Performance Standards: The Cornerstone of Consumer-Friendly Energy Policy, states "Consumers often do not demand energy savings technology because in many cases individuals who do not pay the energy bills (e.g., landlords) make the decision about which appliances to use and they tend to prefer inexpensive, inefficient appliances. Consumers also lack the knowledge and ability to project energy consumption and price and calculate lifecycle costs. Consumers are sensitive to the first cost of consumer durables."

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Washington, Home of Red, White and Blue, Going Green
WASHINGTON—About 33% of new office buildings in the U.S. in 2011 were built to "green" standards. However, in Washington, D.C., about 66% of the office space since 2009 has been built using green practices, according to an article in the Washington Post. Washington is at the forefront of the green office trend, largely because several federal laws, such as the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, included energy efficiency requirements for federal buildings. These incentives have created a surge in LEED- and Energy Star-compliant construction throughout the region. 

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LED-Lit Walmart Store Shines in Sustainability
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio—Walmart has opened its first 100% LED-lit store in a Cleveland suburb. The store is the first of its kind to use LED lighting in every aspect of the store, including illuminating parking lots and building signage, as well as the ceiling lights and all refrigerated cases in the grocery section. The store incorporates additional sustainable features, including sensors that adjust interior lighting to supplement natural light from skylights reduces the amount of energy to light the sales floor by an average of 25%. Also, reclaimed heat from on-site refrigerant equipment supplies up to 60% of in-store hot water needs. In addition, the store is testing doors on certain refrigerated cases that can reduce refrigeration load by 20% or more.

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China Willing to Pay for Cleaner Indoor Air
BEIJING—Cleaner indoor air is becoming a priority in the pollution-heavy cities of China. After companies were awarded contracts this spring to install equipment for air pollution control in Galaxy Soho, a high-end commercial complex in downtown Beijing, they received more than 50 similar inquiries from entities such as the Beijing municipal government and large telecom companies. Citizens’ heightened awareness of rising indoor air pollution levels is rendering air purifiers a new favorite of Chinese households. One Swiss supplier reported a tripling of its sales in China, despite selling its home air purifiers for $2,000 to $3,000 apiece. A recent report by TechSci Research projects the Chinese market for air purifiers to grow 34% a year for the next five years. 

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In other news...

Cow Burps Tapped for Fuel
Abstracts Sought for 2014 Purdue Compressor, Refrigeration/AC, Buildings Conferences
Fully Contained, Self-Energy-Producing, 'Digital Fort Knox' Data Center Approved in Colorado
Nov. 1 Abstract Deadline for 2014 Sustainability and the Cold Chain Conference in London
U.S. EPA Approves R-600a for Stand-Alone Refrigeration
Vermont Utility Launches Ice-Storage for Air Cooling Experiment
$160 Million Wind Farm Under Way in Wales
European Parliament Hopeful of New F-Gas Rules Before End of 2013


ASHRAE News

New York Conference Tech Program Puts Special Focus On Tall Buildings
The 2014 ASHRAE Winter Conference Technical Program places a special focus on the design, development and operation of tall buildings. The Technical Program begins Sunday, Jan. 19, and will follow the successful new format introduced earlier in the year at the 2013 Annual Conference: special hour-long interactive sessions with audience participation, followed by a networking coffee break. In a nod to New York City, with its recognizable skyline of towering buildings, the Tall Buildings: Performance Meets Policy track will cover opportunities in the design, development and operation of tall and super-tall buildings. In all, the Technical Program features more than 200 sessions and offers dozens of opportunities to earn New York PDHs, AIA LUs and LEED AP credits. The 2014 Winter Conference will be held Jan. 18–22 at the New York Hilton.

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Feature of the Week

6 Steps To Successful Facility Energy Management
By Mike Moran and Marc Berman
According to the authors, managing building energy use should go beyond installing energy-efficient equipment and meeting code requirements. A successful program includes physical upgrades, occupant behavior change, use of renewable energy, and partnering with others to fund energy-efficiency initiatives. This article presents a variety of metrics to help decision makers better plan energy upgrades as part of facility operations.

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Product News

Boiler Communications Gateway From Bryan Boilers
PERU, Ind.—Bryan Boilers offers the Universal Communication Gateway, which enables integration of boiler/burner controls into BACnet®, Metasys, LonWorks and Modbus building management systems. The system is preconfigured for common data points and features bidirectional data flow between devices on selected points.

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Electric Actuators From Spirax Sarco
BLYTHEWOOD, S.C.—Spirax Sarco announces the AEL 5 series of electric actuators. The actuators are reversible, with linear output. They feature valve adaptors to facilitate installation, as well as limit switch adjusters that enable quick and easy adjustments during commissioning.

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EC Fans From Rosenberg
INDIAN TRAIL, N.C.—Rosenberg's electronically commutated (EC) backward curved fans are now available with 5.5 kW motors for improved power and efficiency. The new fans feature three-phase motors with nominal input voltages of 230 V and 460 V. Other features include closed motor protection for use in humid environments and thermal contacts wired into windings for motor protection.

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