Mechanical & Plumbing
December 9, 2011 - Jaga Climate Systems has unveiled its Clima Canal hybrid climate control system‚ a dual heating and cooling solution that fits seamlessly into spaces and provides energy-efficient and flexible temperature control, it says. According to Jaga, the Clima Canal offers extreme flexibility for architects and engineers looking for a powerful solutions that maximize space while using less energy. The Clima Canal system has a build-in depth of 10 cm, and can be topped with one of seven wood-grain or aluminum grilles to match the floor design, it addsJAGA CLIMATE SYSTEMS
November 21, 2011 - A new tool from Rockwell Automation allows manufacturers to calculate their potential savings from variable frequency drives to power pumps and fans through an online energy savings calculator. The free mobile app is compatible with iPad, iPhone, Blackberry or Android systems, and compares conventional methods, such as valves for pump control and dampers for fan control, to variable frequency drives and see estimated cost savings of installing an Allen-Bradley PowerFlex drive. The tool offers two ways to calculate energy consumption: users can enter the minimum pump or flow percentages, annual operating hours, cost per kilowatt and other information about their own factory; or use the sample data provided by Rockwell Automation built into the tool.ROCKWELL AUTOMATION
November 14, 2011 - ASHRAE has released the second edition “Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits” which it says promotes best practices, provides “how-to’s” and fills a void in available information for engineers, building owners, managers and government entities. The new publication includes time-saving tips for energy auditors, how to hire an auditor, what to ask for in a comprehensive audit report and how to build a successful energy efficiency retrofit team. Now available at the ASHRAE bookstore.ASHRAE
November 4, 2011 - Freeaire designs and manufactures commercial cooling and refrigeration systems that, it claims, harness cold, outdoor air to achieve up to an 50% increase in efficiency. The company's systems are designed to eliminate virtually all excess energy use in any particular cooling application by combining cool, outside air with a computerized control module that operates each conventional refrigeration system component independently. Freeaire says its systems achieve ROI in two to five years.FREEAIRE
November 4, 2011 - Otis claims its ReGen technology reduces energy consumption by up to 45% compared to traditional escalators, by feeding this energy back into the building's internal electrical grid where it can be used by other loads or users connected to the same network. According to the company, the amount of energy savings due to regeneration depends on various system parameters and configurations such as car load, speed, length of run, traffic pattern and system efficiency.OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
November 3, 2011 - Tate has expanded its product offering for the data centre market with ContainAire solutions, which include ContainAire Partitions, Strip, Hinged and Sliding Doors and Retracting Roofs. Containing an entire row of air has been shown to improve capacity and energy efficiency by reducing by-pass airflow and providing better control over supply and return air temperatures, says Tate, adding that its solutions are designed to increase cooling capacity by ensuring that all supply air is being funneled through the equipment. With the exception of the Retracting Roof, ContainAire solutions can be applied to cold and hot aisle containment configuration. TATE
November 2, 2011 - Mitsubishi Electric has introduced its new City Multi PWFY Hydronic Heat Exchanger, which functions in various modes to provide hot water up to 160ºF (approximately 71.1ºC), for applications such as commercial laundry services, industrial and residential kitchen spaces, or heating hotel pool water, it explains. The PWFY Hydronic Heat Exchanger unit is available in a 36,000 or 72,000 Btu/h capacities and operates in three modes – Heating (full temperature range), Heating ECO (supply temperature based on outdoor ambient) and Anti- freeze (maintains circulation to prevent pipe freeze), it says. According to the company, the unit is connectable to its VRF units, Water Source units and Hyper-Heating Inverter units, which will significantly increase the overall operating efficiency of the system when coupled with a heat recovery system.MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC
October 27, 2011 - Mitsubishi Electric has released the newest addition to its line of luxury controls, the PAR-30MAAU remote controller. The PAR-30 controller can control up to 16 indoor units in commercial applications and according to Mitsubishi, is the first controller from the company to offer a setback mode of operation that controls upper- and lower-limit temperature settings, preventing excessive temperature rise or fall. Other features include new styling, a backlit LCD screen, and a hold function that can be used to pause a previously scheduled operation.MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC
October 26, 2011 - Continental Fan says its TCD BC airfoil blower is a “precision-balanced” air-moving device featuring TEK backward-curved airfoil wheels. These impellers are manufactured of glass-reinforced polyamide; the company boasts they are stronger than a comparable steel wheel but at half the weight. The TCD BC blowers are combined with high-efficiency, single- or three-phase TEFC motors.CONTINENTAL FAN
October 26, 2011 – The Hyper-Heating (H2i) Inverter Y- Series PUHY units from Mitsubishi Electric claim to combine the ultimate in application flexibility with powerful cooling and heating capabilities to deliver precise comfort control to multiple zones in a building. The Y-Series uses a two-pipe system with a variety of indoor units and individual zone controllers, and can cool or heat up to 32 zones. By distributing capacity from one zone of a system to another, the Y-Series consumes only as much energy as each zone needs, making it an energy effective solution to total comfort control, explains the company. MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC
October 24, 2011 - Mitsubishi Electric has announced that it will incorporate Honeywell’s RedLink wireless HVAC protocol into its line of split-ductless and ducted heat pumps. The RedLink-enabled split-ductless system is designed to maximize comfort and reduce energy costs, says Misubishi, adding that with RedLink technology, a wall-mounted wireless remote controller communicates through radio frequency, without the need for wires to be run through the walls. The system will also operate all control functions, including complete zone control, adjustable fan speed, vane positioning and more, it continues. MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL
October 19, 2011 - To help ensure schools receive an A+ in energy efficiency, ASHRAE encourages owners, engineers, designers, architects and others on the building team to download the free “Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving 50% Energy Savings Toward a Net Zero Energy Building”. The guide is the second in a series that provides recommendations to achieve 50% energy savings when compared with the minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2004, “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings”.Written in partnership with ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), the guide features easy-to-follow recommendations for various climate zones and how to implement tips via a series of real-life school construction case studies. Also included is information on integrated design, including best practices, as a necessary component in achieving 50% energy, and the inclusion of a performance path; specifically, offering guidance for early stage energy modelling and annual energy use targets to help with goal setting. “Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving 50% Energy Savings Toward a Net Zero Energy Building” is available as a free download at www.ashrae.org/freeaedg.
October 7, 2011 - Founded in 1928 by Elizabeth Hart Shields Eddy, Eddy Village Green skilled nursing care centre began as a 19-bed nursing home in Troy, N.Y. Today, through an array of various housing, home care and other senior services, “The Eddy” serves more than 40,000 people in 22 counties.
October 7, 2011 - Carrier—a global player in HVACR solutions (part of United Technologies Corp.)—introduced its Infinity gas furnace line, which promises “industry-leading energy efficiency and sound ratings”. With Greenspeed intelligence, the gas furnace line combines modulating and variable-speed technologies with a communicating control system to constantly adapt to a home’s conditions. The furnace line will deliver precise comfort with reduced energy use, boasts Carrier, and is the most energy-efficient furnace in Carrier history, with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) up to 98%. The furnace’s quiet operation is made possible by technology that distributes heated air at the lowest possible setting for the majority of the heating season. In low-fire mode, where the furnace operates most often, sound ratings are as low as 38.4 db—less than the sound of a refrigerator, says Carrier.CARRIER
October 5, 2011 - Jaga Climate Systems introduced the Canal suite of in-floor heating and cooling solutions, which includes Clima Canal, Micro Canal and Mini Canal. Clima Canal is a small trench heater that supplies heating, cooling and ventilation. The heater is installed into a floor or wall, and “telescopic height adjustment technology” promises seamless alignment between grille and surface. Micro Canal is a shallow trench heating solution for limited floor space areas. Finally, Mini Canal is designed for providing heat alongside glazed facades. The new suite of radiators work in conjunction with hydronic solutions, making them a suitable for energy generated by geothermal, solar or condensing boiler heat systems.JAGA CLIMATE SYSTEMS

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