Fastrack April 16, 2008

April 30, 2008
April 16, 2008   The Role of HVAC Insulations in Health CareBy Francis (J.R.) Babineau Delivering safe and comfortable environments that aid patient recovery and boost productivity... The Return of Johnny Tundra, Another Engineering Whodunit ...
April 16, 2008

The Role of HVAC Insulations in Health Care
By Francis (J.R.) Babineau
Delivering safe and comfortable environments that aid patient recovery and boost productivity...[MORE]

The Return of Johnny Tundra, Another Engineering Whodunit From the Frozen North
By Ronald Wilkinson, PE
"Your problem isn't in that electronic brain; it's in that butterfly valve!"—Johnny Tundra

Troubleshooting MEP systems in cold climates can be an urgent matter. Fortunately, there are engineers such as Johnny Tundra roving the northern-tier states and tackling the flintiest of facility problems. Join Johnny through his travels in wintertime Montana, and match wits with him as he looks to keep the frozen northland outside, where it belongs...[MORE]

HPAC Engineering Webinar Series: Lower Energy Costs With Rooftop Package Units
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 @ 2 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. PST
Sponsor Lennox -

Once thought of as the "window shaker" of the commercial air-conditioner market, rooftop package units have evolved (or are created, depending on your point of view) and are making high-end chiller stalwarts sit up and take notice. Using the latest control technology, you can ensure that units are set up properly, meet a full range of comfort needs, and maintain their efficiency ratings for years.

In this free HPAC Engineering webinar, Mike West, PhD, PE, will demonstrate how to do "back-of-the-envelope" savings estimates on the fly and how to use a simple online calculator to calculate energy economics for upgrade proposals. He then will look at what is available in the commercial market. West will discuss what EnergyStar, EER, SEER, and IPLV mean in terms of energy-cost savings. He also will address sizing, evaporative condensers, option selection, value engineering, and procurement and installation specifications....[MORE]

High-Performance Buildings: Lessons From the Leaders
Lessons learned in sustainable design can be heard in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers' (ASHRAE's) free online video, "High-Performance Buildings: Lessons From the Leaders." The video was recorded during ASHRAE's 2008 Winter Meeting and features a panel of industry leaders discussing owner motivations, technical challenges, design choices and tradeoffs, and project cost...[MORE]

Indoor-Air Contaminants in the Office Environment
Air Quality Sciences recently published the report, "Meeting Green: The Office Equipment Industry's Guide to Managing Product Emissions." The report discusses many different types of indoor contaminants that are emitted from electronic office equipment, such as copiers, printers, computers, monitors, and scanners. These machines emit different types of indoor contaminants and volatile organic compounds that have unhealthy impacts on workers in a building...[MORE]

Washington, D.C., Turns Brownfield Into 'Green' Ballpark
The Washington Nationals
' new baseball stadium received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for its energy-conserving and environmental design. The ballpark was outfitted with energy-saving light fixtures, water-conserving plumbing, drought-resistant plants, and a green roof over the concessions' area. Also, it was erected on a restored brownfield, and it has systems in place to keep stormwater runoff from polluting the nearby Anacostia River. The stadium will use air-cooled chillers instead of water-cooled ones for concessions, saving 6-million gal. of water each year...[MORE]

Global List of Most Sustainable Corporations
Daikin Industries Ltd. was named to the Global 100 list of Most Sustainable Corporations in the World for the second consecutive year. The list includes 100 companies that were evaluated based on how effectively they manage environmental, social, and governance risks and opportunities...[MORE]

Habitat for Humanity Builds Energy-Star-Certified Home
UT Electronic Controls (UTEC), a unit of Carrier Corp., has donated more than $300,000 in cash and equipment to Huntington County
Habitat for Humanity over the last 10 years. On April 28, the construction of a new home being built with money donated by UTEC will be EnergyStar-certified and designed to meet ecologically sound building standards through the use of recycled materials, renewable resources, and energy efficiency. Carrier heating and cooling products will be installed in the home...[MORE]

Green-Design by the Numbers
The current global focus on being green, i.e. saving energy and protecting the environment, has created a craze that's sweeping the country, even down to the consumer level. A lot of critics say those touting global warming are nothing more than Chicken Little-like fanatics or boys crying wolf. Some even site evidence about global cooling. But whether we're enmeshed in a global-warming cycle or a global-cooling phenomenon doesn't really matter. The key issue is we need to be smarter about our energy consumption. And those of us in the HVAC industry can make a significant difference by designing greener, more energy-efficient mechanical systems. Consider the following facts and you'll understand the impact greener mechanical systems can have...[MORE]

Contact information: Jami Knoth, HPAC Engineering

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