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Fastrack - December 8, 2010

Dec. 9, 2010
Smart Grid: Where Are We With This, Really?
LEED for Healthcare Passes Member Ballot
The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) latest rating system—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 for Healthcare New Construction and Major Renovations—passed the member ballot on Nov. 16 with an 87-percent approval rate. [MORE]
Thermal-Comfort Standard Provides New Provisions on Elevated Air Speeds
New requirements regarding air speeds, analysis, and documentation are included in the newly published American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) thermal-comfort standard, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2010, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy. [MORE]
UTEP Program to Address Engineering Challenges
The College of Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has launched a new program aimed at providing solutions to engineering problems that threaten healthy communities. [MORE]
Registration Open for WQA Aquatech USA
Issues surrounding final barrier systems will be the focus of WQA Aquatech USA 2011, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas, March 8-11. WQA staff will discuss ways to educate public officials on practical solutions to water-related issues, such as integrating point-of-use and curbside systems into the current regulatory paradigm. [MORE]
December 8, 2010
Smart Grid: Where Are We With This, Really?
By Michael Weil, Editorial Director
The energy-conservation movement revolves around everything from carbon footprint to the energy efficiency of comfort systems for the home and workplace. It isn't only product-focused, but process-focused—from the types of raw materials used to build buildings, equipment, and tools to how waste is recycled and reused. And it includes the concept of a "smart grid" electrical-delivery system. [MORE]
High-efficiency boilers
Bryan Steam's HE-AB series of forced-draft, gas-fired "flexible watertube" water boilers features efficiency of 85 percent. The high combustion efficiency results from an integrated extended-surface heat extractor, which is supported by 7 sq ft of heating surface per boiler horsepower. The boilers operate at normal operating temperatures and without the challenges of special venting or condensing material. The boilers are available in six models, ranging from 900-MBH to 3,000-MBH inputs. The flexible-watertube design provides fast internal circulation and eliminates damage from thermal shock and stresses caused by poor or unequal internal circulation. Visit
--Bryan Steam LLC
Filters for Cooling Water Treatment: GO GREEN -- Conserve Space, Conserve Water, Conserve Time ORG automatic self-cleaning filters by ORIVAL, Inc. remove a lot of solids and very little water. In sizes from ¾" to 10", these filters address most cooling water needs with a wide range of filtration degrees. Stop by Booth N4127 to see how the ORG can save you money with a full stream or sidestream filtration system. Plug-and-play skid packages are also custom built to user specifications. Visit our website at or email to [email protected] for additional information.
SmartPlate Heaters Ideal with condensing boilers in low temperature applications, SmartPlate single- and double-wall heaters deliver precise temperature control. Each <10ft2 heater ships fully assembled including load monitoring controller, sensors, electronic valve, potable water-side circulator with clean out connections, drain valve, shut-off valves and inlet strainers. Units support remote monitoring and BAS integration. Click here for more info.--AERCO

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