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Fastrack - February 10, 2010

Feb. 11, 2010
FASTRACK News ASHRAE Conference to Focus on School Facilities Maximizing facility performance and students’ potential is at the heart of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) High Performance K-12 ...
ASHRAE Conference to Focus on School Facilities
Maximizing facility performance and students’ potential is at the heart of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) High Performance K-12 School Facilities conference, to be held March 1 and 2 in Atlanta. The conference will present an integrated approach to complying with codes and standards while achieving a cost-effective, high-performance solution to K-12 facility design, construction, and operation. Its goal is to bring together administrators, design professionals, policy makers, and other stakeholders to learn ways to improve these facilities on operational, fiscal, engineering, and administrative levels. [MORE]
BACnet Adds Language Options
During the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE’s) 2010 Winter Conference held in January in Orlando, Fla., the BACnet committee approved the publication of eight addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135, BACnet—A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks. [MORE]
ASHRAE Receives NIST Grant to Study IAQ in Retail Stores
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has been awarded $1.5 million in grant money from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to conduct a three-year research project on ventilation and indoor-air quality (IAQ) in retail stores. [MORE]
DOE Webinar to Focus on Designing High-Performance Buildings
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Building Technologies Program will offer a Webinar on Feb. 16 from noon to 1:30 p.m. EST titled "Going With the Flow: Designing High-Performance Buildings with EnergyPlus." [MORE]
February 10, 2010
European Technology Taking Hold in the U.S.: Chilled Beams
By PETER RUMSEY, PE, CEM, FASHRAE, FRMI, Rumsey Engineers/Integral Group, Oakland, Calif.
The last five years have seen a steady increase in the rate of adoption of chilled beams in the United States, as designers and facility owners have become more aware of the many benefits this energy-efficient technology, popular in Europe, provides: improved indoor-air quality, low operating costs, thermal comfort, flexibility in unit design, ability to deliver multiple services with a single unit, low operating noise, adaptability where floor-to-slab height is minimal, reduced (by as much as 40 percent) outside-air-handler and ductwork size, and elimination of reheat, among others. [MORE]
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.http://www.bryanboilers.com/--Bryan Steam LLC
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How To Video: Using Data Loggers to Test and Troubleshoot Rooftop HVAC Units This new video from Onset steps you through how to use data loggers to easily monitor HVAC rooftop performance to help reduce energy costs and troubleshoot problems. Download the video.-- Onset Computer Corporation
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