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Fastrack - March 24, 2010

March 25, 2010
The case for increased ventilation

March 24, 2010


The Case for Increased Ventilation
By DAVID HARLOS, ScD, and MICHAEL WEST, PhD, PE, Advantek Consulting Inc., Melbourne, Fla.

Employees reporting to or remaining at work despite illness, a practice known as “presenteeism,” can have serious repercussions. Not only do sick employees tend to operate at less than their usual level of performance, they risk infecting others. The impact on a company's bottom line can be devastating; the total cost of presenteeism to U.S. employers is an estimated $150 billion to $250 billion a year and rising. [MORE]




ASHRAE to Host Commissioning Webinar

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will host a free Webinar, “Right From the Start—Commissioning for High Performing Buildings,” April 21 from 1-4 p.m. EDT. [MORE]

Deadline for Award Nominations Approaching

March 26 is the deadline for 2010 Star of Energy Efficiency Award nominations. Sponsored by the Alliance to Save Energy, the awards honor people who have demonstrated a significant and tangible commitment to the cause of energy efficiency. Nominations may be submitted via an online nomination form. [MORE]

ASHRAE to Host Urban Existing-Buildings Conference

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will host “Existing Buildings in Urban Areas” April 19 and 20 in New York City. The conference will educate building design and operating professionals, building owners and managers, and government officials about the theoretical and practical matters associated with major improvements in the energy efficiency of existing buildings. [MORE]

January Heating-and-Cooling-Equipment Shipment Data Released

According to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), U.S. shipments of commercial gas water heaters totaled 6,598 in January, a 10-percent increase over the 6,016 units shipped in January 2009. However, shipments of commercial electric water heaters dropped 14 percent, from 4,771 units in January 2009 to 4,120 in January 2010. [MORE]

The Key to Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) Systems that Work Low efficiency or poor indoor air quality? Which DCV problem do you struggle with? DCV systems typically either over ventilate causing high cost of operation or under ventilate causing poor indoor air quality. Poor indoor air quality negatively affects human comfort and diminishes employees’ performance. Finding a balance between saving energy and maintaining acceptable indoor air quality can be challenging. CO2 measurement technology can make or break efficient operation of your DCV system. Download “CO2 Measurement Technology Essential for DCV Savings” Application Note here.--Vaisala BIM 3D CAD drawings.Get your free BIM 3D CAD drawings in your choice of file types Try it. Free. BIM 3D CAD drawings in different file types for virtually every product. Expansion joints, pump connectors, flow conditioning connectors, valves, compensators, pipe guides, air vents, metraloop expansion joints, v-loop expansion joints and so many more. Create sophisticated engineered piping layouts. Be more competitive. Put BIM 3D CAD drawings into your designs. Go to and take a test drive.--Metraflex, Inc.
Green Motor Technology used in Hawaii CondominiumClick here to find out how the Kalele Kai condominium board in Honolulu, Hawaii used new motor technology to save energy, qualify for rebates from the local electric company, and provided an easy-to-install and maintain system when they upgraded their ventilation system. The main challenge of the project was providing fans that could meet the strict energy savings requirements of the local electric company. Greenheck’s centrifugal roof exhaust fans (Model G with Vari-Green motors) provided the required energy savings.--Greenheck Fan Corp.


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