Training & Education
November 1, 2014 - “The Home Book: A Complete Guide to Homeowner and Homebuilder Responsibilities” came about as a result of the authors giving expert witness testimony in more than 500 cases alleging defective construction. They noted that the same issues were being tried repeatedly, often with different results.
November 4, 2013 - Now in its fourth year of operation, Schneider Electric says 350,000 users are taking advantage of Energy University—an online, vendor-neutral education tool for energy management. The overall education program that started with Data Centre University has provided energy efficiency education courses to professionals in Canada, as well as 164 other countries around the world. Energy University will be adding new courses over the year and building a new category of industry topics, starting with ISO 50001. WATCH the video below for more information.
July 3, 2013 - Fluke has announced a new Energy Resource Centre, an interactive knowledge base to help facility managers both identify and quantify energy waste. The Fluke resources help users make ROI-based decisions specific to their facility, as well as what data to gather to prioritize energy-saving projects and estimate payoffs. “Saving energy starts with identifying the source of the waste [...] without quantifying the waste, facilities can’t calculate how much the waste is costing or determine whether the solution will pay for itself soon enough to be worthwhile,” said Fluke. Visitors can watch videos and webinars about where energy waste occurs in electrical systems, production processes, and building infrastructures and download ROI examples and checklists for use in their own buildings.
April 23, 2013 - ACEEE (The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy) and New Society Publishers have published the 10th edition of the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings—with the motto “Save Money, Save the Earth”. According to the Consumer Guide, achieving energy savings in the home is more than replacing older appliances, but rather performing home energy audits and taking advantages of utility’s energy efficiency incentives. With updates to the lighting, home electronics, building envelope, and water heating chapters, the new edition helps homeowners and renters decide which improvements will yield results and help them incorporate energy efficiency into future projects. The book can be ordered directly from New Society Publishers or major retail booksellers.
January 2, 2013 - Legrand is sharing its approach to improving energy performance with two new sustainability tools—an Energy Management handbook and Project Evaluation tool. Users can visit the Sustainability section of the Legrand website to use the tools to start their own sustainability program or upgrade an existing program. The 16-page Energy Management handbook outlines a four-step process to launching an energy management program: making a commitment; assessing your current state of energy use; creating an action plan; and reporting and evaluating progress. The Project Evaluation tool captures standard cost metrics and also includes factors such as energy consumption, renewable energy credits, and non-financial considerations. LEGRAND
July 17, 2012 - Looking for a new summer read? Avi Friedman – architect, professor and director of the Affordable Homes Research Group at McGill University in Montreal, Que. – looks at different sustainable technologies and systems for various parts of a house in Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings. The book covers insulation, heating and cooling systems, energy-efficient windows, green roofs, among other topics. Illustrations and case studies are included in the book. FUNDAMENTALS OF SUSTAINABLE DWELLINGS
MILWAUKEE, WI — A new white paper from Rockwell Automation details how facility managers and owners can reduce energy consumption and maximize savings with HVAC control upgrade technology. The paper outlines a new option to help convert constant volume HVAC systems to variable air volume (VAV) control while avoiding the cost and complexity typically associated with changing mechanical or building automation control systems. The white paper, "Leveraging the Power of Intelligent Motor Control to Maximize HVAC System Efficiency," describes the technology behind this upgrade option, outlines the cost-saving benefits, and breaks down a leading food manufacturer's payback as an example. By adjusting fan speeds, the upgrade option helps facility managers reduce energy consumption and building owners reap payback in a relatively short time — often less than a year. The new upgrade option helps building owners avoid costly redesign and capital investments associated with new systems. Designed as a self-contained unit for easy installation, the integrated control solution delivers more energy savings at a fraction of the cost of a traditional hardware retrofit. The unit includes temperature and carbon dioxide sensors, a microcontroller, a high-performance variable frequency drive, and a touch-screen operator interface. Rather than cycling between constant speed and off, HVAC fans controlled by the variable frequency drive automatically adjust in response to heating or cooling needs. "HVAC systems typically constitute a large amount of a building's operating costs, so it makes business sense to upgrade HVAC systems as efficiently as possible, without being forced to reconfigure an existing system," said Jenalea Howell, market analyst, IMS Research. "A new energy-saving solution comprising intelligent motor control technology allows building owners and facility managers to take better control of their energy use and gain greater insight into the bottom line." The white paper, "Leveraging the Power of Intelligent Motor Control to Maximize HVAC System Efficiency," is available at the Rockwell Automation Literature Library. For more information on intelligent motor control, visit www.rockwellautomation.com/solutions/intelligentcontrol/.
ATLANTA, GA — One third of the energy consumed by buildings in the United States has the potential to be conserved right now. In order to equip engineers with the knowledge to stop this energy loss, a new full-day Professional Development Seminar (PDS), Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings: A Sustainable Activity, will be offered as part of the ASHRAE Learning Institute at the 2010 Winter Conference. “Sustained energy management is the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to expand our world's energy supplies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Dick Pearson, P.E., ASHRAE Fellow, co-developer and instructor of the new PDS, said. The seminar is an expansion of the popular Short Course on energy management guided by Technical Committee 7.6 and weaves together energy management principles of the ASHRAE Handbook, ENERGY STAR guidelines and the practical experience of successful energy managers. Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings relies on case-example exercises that use energy data and facilities information to reinforce presentation material. This hands-on approach allows attendees to gain skills in analyzing the state of energy management at their own organizations and plan steps to enhance it. According to Kevin Little, Ph.D., co-developer of the course, these exercises prepare participants to apply what they learn immediately following the Conference. The ENERGY STAR management flow chart will play a crucial role in guiding the presentation. The flow chart will help participants gain skills in extracting information from energy data and knowledge of basic tools like ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager. Becoming familiar with the most up-to-date resources in energy management will encourage participants to seek out and use the information available in modern building automation systems with confidence. “Facilities managers and their consulting engineers need a foundation of energy management skills in order to take advantage of advanced developments, like ASHRAE’s new Building EQ [Energy Quotient] program, and related initiatives to achieve net-zero energy buildings,” Little said. In addition to helping participants manage the energy use of their respective organizations, the seminar will offer the opportunity to earn six professional development credits/American Institute of Architecture learning units or 0.6 continuing education units. The ASHRAE Learning Institute will also feature the PDSs Complying with ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007, Complying with ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, Data Center Energy Efficiency and The Commissioning Process in New & Existing Buildings, as well as 17 half-day Short Courses. Registration information for both the 2010 Winter Conference and the ASHRAE Learning Institute can be found at www.ashrae.org/orlando. ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.
Montreal, QC – The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) to offer the CGC GeoExchange Installers’ Course to a wider HVAC industry audience. The first course, to be delivered by HRAI’s SkillTech Academy, is scheduled for April 15-17, 2009 in Peterborough, ON.
Mississauga, Ontario – Fluke Corporation, a global leader in portable electronic test and measurement and thermal imaging technology, has published guidelines and tips for facility managers under pressure to cut energy costs in these tough economic times.
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