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Fastrack - Sept. 16, 2009

Sept. 16, 2009
September 16, 2009 FASTRACK Features The Benefits of VFDs on Cooling Towers Used on large industrial projects, such as nuclear power plants, and countless HVAC applications ranging from 15 to 700,000 gpm, cooling towers are everywhere. ...

September 16, 2009


The Benefits of VFDs on Cooling Towers

Used on large industrial projects, such as nuclear power plants, and countless HVAC applications ranging from 15 to 700,000 gpm, cooling towers are everywhere. Because of their increasing popularity and considerable number of applications, cooling towers are available in many different sizes and designs. This is especially true in the HVAC industry, in which the demand to increase efficiency and lower energy costs is great. [MORE]


EGB Online Registration Closed—Walk-ins Welcome

Online registration for the Engineering Green Buildings (EGB) Conference & Expo has closed, but you can still register to attend this year’s event. On-site registration will be open from 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Sept. 25, at the Nashville Convention Center.

Remember, your $595 EGB registration provides access to all of the following:

• Two days of EGB and/or Commercial HVACR Symposium (CHS) sessions—Choose the sessions you’d like to attend from the 14 being offered. Visit or for details.

• Bonus session sponsored by Autodesk—“Sustainable Design and Energy Retrofits”

• HVAC Comfortech seminar program—Two dozen individual sessions over four days cover business management, sales and marketing, service management, technical training, innovations and opportunities, and more! Visit for complete details.

• HVACR Week exhibit area—Combining HVAC Comfortech, EGB, and CHS exhibitors, the HVACR Week exhibit floor will feature more than 130 companies displaying HVAC equipment, components, and services.

• HVACR Week opening keynote event—Speaker, author, and entrepreneur Robin Crow presents “The Power of Service.” Sponsored by Trane.

• HVACR Week welcome reception—Enjoy food and drinks at this kick-off event. Sponsored by Emerson.

• HVACR Week Thursday Evening Extravaganza—Join other attendees and exhibitors at the Wildhorse Saloon for an evening of refreshments and live entertainment. Sponsored by Rheem and LG Commercial Air Conditioning.

Call Marge Dietrich at 216-931-9550 with any registration questions.


ASHRAE Addresses Role of HVACR Systems in Infectious-Disease Transmission

As health and school officials deal with a second wave of the H1N1 virus, commonly referred to as swine flu, new information is available on the health consequences of exposure to airborne infectious diseases and the implications on the design, installation, and operation of HVACR systems. [MORE]

$500 Million Announced for Clean-Energy Projects

Marking a milestone in the effort to spur private-sector investments in clean energy and create new jobs for U.S. workers, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu have announced $502 million in the first round of awards from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program that provides cash assistance to energy-production companies in place of earned tax credits. The new funding creates additional upfront capital, enabling companies to create jobs and begin construction that may have been stalled. [MORE]

AMCA International Elects New President

Vice president and general manager of Construction Specialties Inc., a specialty building-products company, Art LaPointe was elected president of Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International at the association’s 54th annual meeting in Quebec, Canada. LaPointe has supported AMCA and industry improvement in both the development of improved-performance products as well as the incorporation of AMCA standards into architectural specifications. [MORE]

ASHRAE Competition Gives Students Design Experience

The 2009 ASHRAE Student Design Competition, which encourages students to become more involved with their chosen major through practical design, saw its largest number of entries to date. The competition featured a 15,650-sq-ft office building with first-floor parking, second-floor retail and office space, and third-floor offices. Among the 32 schools that submitted entries, three stood out as first-place winners in the competition’s three categories. [MORE]

Free BIM 3D CAD drawings at
BIM 3D CAD drawings are now available at Drawings can be downloaded in a variety of formats to flow seamlessly into your applications. 3D drawings are available for expansion joints, connectors, strainers, pipe guides, compensators, valves and more. Find the product and size you want and click on the link to download the specific file format you need. Go to today and see how simple it is to start incorporating BIM 3D drawings into your designs.

TRIPLE-FLEX™ ULTRA-HIGH EFFICIENCY BOILERS Bryan Triple-Flex™ (patent pending) Ultra-High Efficiency Condensing Boilers feature flexible stainless steel tubes, minimum thermal efficiency of 90% with 160° return, 180° supply at 100% firing load. Efficiencies of 99% are achievable with lower return water temperatures as found in new building designs. Triple-Flex boilers fire at 3,000 MBH input, with sub 30 PPM NOx utilizing a hybrid metal fiber 5:1 turndown burner. Triple-Flex boilers are suited to deliver the industries highest operating efficiencies up to 99% in new buildings designed for condensing boiler conditions and better than 90% efficiency in retrofit applications not designed for condensing boilers. Steam LLC

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.

Orival filtration products are used on cooling systems worldwide. Orival offers individual automatic filters, manifolded multi-filters and skid mounted water treatment systems to removes organic and inorganic suspended solids from cooling water decreasing deposition on heat transfer surfaces, reducing sites for micro-organisms to colonize and preventing the clogging of nozzles, orifices and valve actuators. Call 800-567-9767 or send us an email at [email protected] or click here for more info.--Orival, Inc., Englewood, NJ 07631.

MovinCool, the world's largest manufacturer of commercial spot air conditioners, offers a wide range of portable and ceiling mounted models, with capacities from 7,000 to 60,000 Btu/h. The units are used for emergency backup, supplemental and permanent cooling - perfect for data centers, office spaces, hospitals, schools, warehouses, manufacturing plants and outdoor events. MovinCool's portable models can be quickly wheeled into place whenever needed, with virtually no installation required. The company's latest compact, ceiling-mounted model allows easy installation in tight spaces, making it ideal for server and telecom closets. Plus now thru 9/30/09, buy 3 tons of cooling and get a $300 gift card. For more information, visit the MovinCool web site at


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