EGB, Dec. 23, 2009

EGB News

USGBC Seeks Members for New Committees
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Education, Research, and Education Events program areas invite all qualified USGBC members to apply for positions on five new committees recently established by the Board of Directors. Four of these committees are organized under and report to the new Education Steering Committee, which reports to the Board of Directors. [More]

Conference Examines Impact of HVAC on Airborne Infectious Diseases
The role of HVACR in airborne infectious-disease transmission, design, and control strategies and technology, pandemic preparedness, and airborne infection control will be examined at the IAQ 2010 conference sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). [More]

Survey: Schools are Cutting Spending Because of Energy Costs
Two-thirds of school districts responding to a “School Energy and Environment Survey” from Honeywell and Education Week Research have made spending cuts or modifications as a result of rising energy bills. Seventy-four percent of respondents also said their districts do not have the money to pursue energy-retrofit or renewable-energy projects. These budgetary constraints and cutbacks, primarily in building maintenance and capital investment, are hurting efforts to boost efficiency and resolve schools’ long-term energy and financial concerns. [More]

Study Shows Cutting Costs Can Have an Impact on Sustainability
Economic pressures, looming cap-and-trade legislation, and other economic drivers are forcing companies of all sizes toward efficiencies to improve the bottom line. Environmental Systems Inc. (ESI) has released an independently researched study to help executives responsible for financial and operational performance sort through sustainability information, understand trends, and visualize what is possible. [More]

The Grundfos Pump Handbook
The Grundfos Pump Handbook was developed for engineers and technicians who work with design and the installation of pumps and pumping systems in their daily work. This handbook includes answers to a wide range of technical questions. Chapter topics include: Design of Pumps and Motors, Installation and Performance Reading, System Hydraulics, Performance Adjustment of Pumps, and Life Cycle Costs Calculation. Don’t miss out on this useful tool! To order your free copy, please visit

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December 23, 2009
EGB Features

Optimizing Dedicated Outdoor-Air Systems
By MIKE WOLF, PE, and JACKSON SMITH, Greenheck, Schofield, Wis.
Though vital to maintaining good indoor-air quality, outdoor air can be expensive to temper and, if not conditioned properly, cause humidity problems in a building. Increasingly, however, designers are finding dedicated outdoor-air systems (DOAS) to be an energy-efficient and easily verifiable way to comply with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. [More]

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