Mechanical & Plumbing
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
September 28, 2011 - Schneider Electric has announced the new Modicon M168 Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), designed to help OEMs and end-users improve performance, optimize costs and speed time-to-market for HVAC/R machines, it says. According to Schneider, the controller uses flexible architectures, customized design and SoHVAC software to offer solutions for small/medium chillers, roof top units, refrigeration racks, and air handling units. It is CSA-certified and CE marked.SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC
September 27, 2011 - ASHRAE has published a vendor-neutral white paper that serves as the thermal guideline for liquid-cooled data processing environments. “2011 Thermal Guidelines for Liquid Cooled Data Processing Environments” creates five data centre classes for liquid-cooling. In addition to the classes, the paper provides insight into other considerations for liquid-cooling, including condensation, operation, water flow rates, pressure, velocity and quality, as well as information on interface connections and infrastructure heat rejection devices. This whitepaper follows an earlier whitepaper released in May 2011, “2011 Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments – Expanded Data Centre Classes and Usage Guidance”. The paper can be downloaded free at www.tc99.ashraetcs.org.ASHRAE
September 9, 2011 - If you were unable to attend one of the previous eight KyotoCooling Conferences in Europe, you now have an opportunity to visit the first U.S. data centre to use this energy recovery wheel, air-to-air heat exchange cooling system. Join KyotoCooling, CPI and other industry experts in Helena, Montana, October 25-26, to learn about the evolution, latest developments, financial metrics, and how to design, build and maintain a KyotoCooling system. You will also see how CPI’s various containment solutions allow operating set-points that maximize the effectiveness of the KyotoCooling solution. You'll tour the Helena data centre and see KyotoCooling in action! You'll also observe remote operation of Amersfoort, Netherlands Test Site, including AirLull and ECO controller demo.CLICK HERE for more information and to register.Seating is limited. Registration deadline is October 17, 2011.
August 18, 2011 - Earth Advantage Institute and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) are hosting the “Ducts Inside” online training course, a free self-paced tutorial which they say instructs builders, designers, and HVAC professionals how to reduce homeowner energy use by 15 to 20% by keeping all ducting within the conditioned space of new homes. The training, which can be completed in about 3 hours, provides six strategies and instruction on the best practices for installing the ductwork within the conditioned space, they explain. Professionals who complete the online course will receive a certificate of attendance for continuing education or AIA learning units. CLICK HERE for more information. EARTH ADVANTAGE INSTITUTETHE NORTHWEST ENERGY EFFICIENCY ALLIANCE
August 18, 2011 - ASHRAE says it has published its first ever eBook for use on the Apple iPad. The third and latest edition of ASHRAE GreenGuide: The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable Buildings is now available in an eBook format which it says will provide iPad users with convenient access to the book’s guidance, which covers each stage of the building process, from planning to operation and maintenance of a facility, with emphasis on teamwork and close coordination among interested parties. The eBook follows ASHRAE’s latest mobile apps on duct fitting databases and Standard 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, it says. The GreenGuide eBook is available for download in Apple’s iBooks store and requires the iBooks app.ASHRAE
June 07, 2011 - Where high efficiency and quiet operation are required, Continental Fan boasts its APK panel fan is the best solution. This fan is available in diameters from 12 in. through 36 in., with capacities ranging up to 23,000 cfm.
May 28, 2011 - In a new white paper, “2011 Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments – Expanded Data Centre Classes and Usage Guidance”, a roadmap has been outlined to “facilitate a significant increase in the operational hours during which economizer systems are able to be used, and to increase the opportunity for data centres to become ‘chillerless’, eliminating mechanical cooling systems entirely to realize improved power usage effectiveness (PUE)”.
May 28, 2011 - “Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings: Achieving 50% Energy Savings Toward a Net-Zero-Energy Building” is the first book in a series of Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) publications that provides recommendations to achieve 50% energy savings when compared with the minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2004 “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings”.
April 13, 2011Jaga Climate Systems, the Canadian division of Jaga International, has introduced what it calls the world’s slimmest fan coil–Briza. Available in 2-Pipe and 4-Pipe configurations and measuring 5.75 inches deep, Briza features Jaga’s low-H2O technology and is “much smaller, more attractive, quiet and energy-efficient than traditional fan coils.”
April 12, 2011Air King introduces AK100D dual-speed Quiet Series exhaust fan for “cost-effective, energy-efficient” ventilation. According to Air King, ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation can be accomplished by using the HVI-certified low speed of 50 CFM at 0.5 sones (barely audible) for continuous ventilation of the home. The fan features a low profile grill design which it describes as “almost disappearing” into the ceiling along with a metal housing and duct collar. A spring-loaded, back draft damper prevents drafts from entering back into the room through the ducting.   AIR KING  
April 5, 2011   Somerston Wine Co., producer of Highflyer, Priest Ranch and Somerston wines, has announced the completion of its energy-efficient winery, which it claims features the first ever integrated CO2 heating and cooling system to be implemented in a winery. The winery occupies a renovated 12,000-sf barn situated in the eastern mountains of Napa Valley on Somerston’s 1,682-acre ranch, and was designed to be functional, practical and energy-efficient, it said. The winery has also announced that its operations will eventually expand to include a neighbouring structure with solar panels, with the goal of having a winery that is 100 percent off-the-grid.
March 18, 2011 ASHRAE has published a new guideline that aims to provide guidance on achieving good indoor environments by considering the interactions of air quality and thermal conditions, as well as lighting and acoustics, it says. Guideline 10-2011 is “especially important” in the design of low-energy buildings in order to ensure full consideration of indoor environmental quality and its effects on occupants. The guideline, according to ASHRAE, calls attention to many interactions that designers might not have previously recognized or understood. CLICK HERE for details on obtaining a copy.
March 17, 2011 With warmer weather hopefully around the corner, Nirvana Heat Pump claims its pool heat pumps, made entirely in Quebec, will facilitate maximum swimming comfort, while significantly reducing the energy consumption costs associated with heating a pool. “It transforms ambient energy, generating a coefficient of performance (COP) which offers a 600% increase in performance power compared to traditional heat pumps,” it said. Selected among the Top 100 best products at the Salon Piscine 2010 in Lyon, France, the pump features a double titanium coil, noise pollution cover to suppress sound, an intelligent electric defroster to use during cooler periods, and “easy-to-use” electronic controls.  

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