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AEDGs Reach Half-Million Mark
Advanced Energy Design Guides

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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Student Researches Building Comfort, Energy Use
The question of how much energy occupants expend in offices and how that impacts their personal comfort is being explored through a grant from ASHRAE. Better tools for quantifying the comfort and behavior of building occupants as an integral part of the building design and operation processes will be developed by Drexel University student Jared Langevin through his project, "Human Behavior and Low Energy Architecture: Linking Environmental Adaptation, Personal Comfort and Energy Use in the Built Environment." Langevin is one of 21 students who will receive a grant through ASHRAE Graduate Student Grant-In-Aid Award Program, which is designed to encourage students to continue their education in preparation for service in the HVAC&R industry. The grants, totaling $210,000, are awarded to full-time graduate students in ASHRAE-related disciplines.

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ASHRAE, Other Organizations Sue
ASHRAE, along with standards development organizations (SDOs) National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and ASTM International (ASTM), have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against (Public Resource). The lawsuit says Public Resource has been copying and uploading copyrighted standards developed by private sector SDOs. It contends Public Resource is well aware that it is doing this without the copyright owners’ authorization. The lawsuit does not seek monetary damages from Public Resource or its founder. It seeks to stop the illegal posting of copyright protected materials. The lawsuit alleges that Public Resource offers no effective alternative, but only seeks to undermine and destroy a funding model that works and that sustains a public/private partnership that has served the public interest for many decades. SDOs already work with governments and provide free access to many standards on the Internet.

Click here to read ASHRAE's statement on the lawsuit.


Keep Current with Latest Version of The Green Standard
Standard 189.1 provides a total building sustainability package for those who strive to design, build and operate green buildings. From site location to energy use to recycling, this standard sets the foundation for green buildings by addressing site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the building's impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.
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Memphis Chapter's Father-Son Tradition
MEMPHIS—The 2013–14 Society year marks the first time ASHRAE has had a president who is the son of a Presidential Member. In the almost 70 years since the chartering of the Memphis Chapter, there have been five pairs of parent-child chapter presidents: T.J. O’Brien, 1944–45, and Joe O’Brien, 1964–65; Charlie Schaffler, 1969–70, and Brian Schaffler, 2002–03; Kenneth Jack, 1974–75, and Evans Jack, 1998–99 and 2005–06; Jerry Gatlin, 2001–02, and Jeff Gatlin, 2004–05; and Bob Colmer, 1971–72, and John Colmer, 2007–08. Not too surprisingly, all of these men have also been business partners. The five firms represented by these father-/son pairs are among the oldest continuously operating HVAC-related firms in the Memphis area.

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HVAC&R Research Presents First Best Paper Award
Editor Reinhard Radermacher, Ph.D., and Bryan Rasmussen, Ph.D.

DENVER—Bryan Rasmussen, Ph.D., received ASHRAE’s first-ever HVAC&R Research Best Paper Award at the 2013 Annual Conference. The award was presented by editor Reinhard Radermacher, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE. The award recognizes the best refereed paper published in the volume year of HVAC&R Research, the ASHRAE research journal. Rasmussen received the award for his paper, “Dynamic Modeling for Vapor Compression Systems, Part I: Literature Review.” The two-part article provides an introduction to dynamic modeling for vapor compression systems.

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Building Energy Audits Among Fall Online Courses

A new course from ASHRAE, part of the ASHRAE Learning Institute fall online course series, offers best practices and other information about building energy audits for building owners, managers and government entities.

“As we work to identify investment opportunities in commercial buildings, we want to ensure that any recommendations are cost effective, technically feasible and result in significant energy savings,” said Jim Kelsey, course instructor. “Providing the best audits that we can will help move the industry forward to net zero energy buildings, so this course focuses on how to actually conduct good audits.”

The two-part course, "Commercial Building Energy Audits," will be held Nov. 4 and 6.

Click here to read more about the Commercial Building Energy Audits course.
Click here to learn more about the fall online course series, and to register.

ASHRAE Fall Online Courses
Introduction to BACnet® Sept. 9
NEW! Troubleshooting Humidity Control Problems Sept. 11
Energy Modeling: Best Practices and Applications—Parts 1 and 2 Sept. 16
Complying with Standard 90.1-2010: HVAC/Mechanical Sept. 30
Energy Management Best Practices (formerly Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings) Oct. 2
High-Performance Building Design: Applications and Future Trends Oct. 9
Commissioning for High-Performance Buildings Oct. 16
Fundamental Requirements of Standard 62.1-2010 Oct. 21
Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Fundamentals Oct. 23
Energy Efficiency in Data Centers Oct. 28
Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Applications: Best Practices Oct. 30
IAQ Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning Nov. 13
NEW! Commercial Building Energy Audits—Parts 1 and 2 Nov. 4

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