Jaga Climate Systems, a provider of sustainable heating solutions, announced a partnership with ABS ESCO, Inc., a Toronto-based consulting and construction firm. By focusing on sustainable mechanical and electrical engineering solutions, ABS ESCO and Jaga will work together to provide energy-efficient alternatives that meet the individual needs of each project. In particular, the two companies will work together to identify ways in which Low-H20 technology can be paired with geothermal, solar and other renewable energy sources.
ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) is seeking papers addressing advances in alternative technologies and net-zero buildings, as well as HVAC/R fundamentals and commissioning for the association’s 2011 Annual Conference in Montreal, which is scheduled to take place from June 25-29. ASHRAE expects the conference to attract some 1,500 attendees from 60 countries.
ASHRAE is seeking papers for the following tracks:
The Alternative Technologies track: The association is seeking papers on photovoltaic (PV), geothermal, wind power and variable-refrigerant-volume (VRV) systems, solar and other technologies, as well as how these systems affect the first cost and operating cost of the building. Papers describing the science behind emerging technologies incorporated into net-zero-energy (NZEB) design are also being sought.
The Net-Zero Buildings track: ASHRAE is seeking papers that examine NZEB design, the cost to achieve these buildings, existing NZEBs, operational and maintenance issues, and costs. Case studies illustrating how to achieve NZEB in designs are also being sought.
The Engineering Tools track: Papers that address the range of different energy modeling and building information modeling tools available, their use and specific applications, and integrated approaches are being sought. Papers from owner or architect perspectives or case studies that illustrate modeling techniques are requested.
In addition, ASHRAE says it is seeking papers for its tracks on Commissioning, HVAC Systems, HVAC Fundamentals and Applications, Professional Skills, and Refrigeration.
Full-length technical papers or conference paper abstracts of 400 words or less should be submitted by September 17, 2010. For complete information on tracks, contacts and submittal requirements, visit www.ashrae.org/montreal.
"Strata is a beautiful example of what renewable energy can do for large-scale developments," says Suzanne Wiltshire, Vice President of Ameresco Geothermal. "When we hear 'geothermal,' we often think of single family homes, but today we can achieve the same energy saving results in large, multi-storey buildings. The renewable energy system we are designing will reduce Strata's energy consumption by more than 50 per cent of heating and cooling energy and eliminate its dependency on natural gas by providing 100 per cent of its heating and cooling requirements."
The 216 ton system will generate almost zero green house gases and save over 450,000 kg of CO2 emissions every year. Molinaro Group will be seeking LEED certification for this building, an effort towards which Ameresco Geothermal expects its system to contribute 8-10 points.