December 6, 2013 - On December 20, 2013, new energy efficiency requirements for the BC Building Code will come into effect. Developers will have a choice of energy efficiency standards for complex buildings (Part 3), which include large residential, industrial, commercial and institutional buildings, says the province, noting this does not include houses or small buildings.
April 12, 2013 - Belimo claims its new Zip economizing solution gets efficiency strategies back on track with easy setup, automatic code change over temperatures, and superior troubleshooting capability. Users type in their postal code to set up economizer operation for compliance with: ASHRAE 90.1 - Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings; IECC - International Energy Conservation Code; and NECB - National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings. The Zip Economizer features a LCD display with live status information and operating history; plug-and-play operability; and Fault Detection and Diagnostics (FDD).
February 25, 2013 - Now open for public review are the proposed changes to the ASHRAE/IES energy standard which will require automatic lighting controls in more space types and shorten the times before lighting is automatically reduced or shut off.
January 28, 2013 - To help architects more accurately predict the energy consumption in their design projects, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has put together An Architect’s Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process. The guide is a step-by-step map to predicting, and ideally reducing, the energy usage of buildings. In addition to defining and making a case for energy modeling, this primer walks readers through different types of energy modeling and the individual tools and software available for it. According to the AIA, modeling can help building owners have a better understanding of their properties eco-footprint, be better equipped to report metrics, and end up with reduced utility costs.THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
January 24, 2013 - Have your say—up until February 3, 2013, addendum cs to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is open for advisory public review.
January 7, 2013 - Chiller efficiencies for air and water cooled chillers would be boosted to more than 20% under a proposed addendum to the ASHRAE/IES energy standard.
December 18, 2012 - ASHRAE’s latest Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) for Large Hospitals boasts recommendations for achieving 50% energy savings when compared with the minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The guide focuses on standard mid-to-large-size hospitals that would typically be at least 100,000-sf. in size. Included in the guide are recommendations for the design of the building opaque envelope; fenestration; lighting systems; HVAC systems; building automation and controls; outdoor air requirements; service water heating; measurement and verification; and plug and process loads, including kitchen equipment. ASHRAE
December 18, 2012 - NRCan's Office of Energy Efficiency has issued a guide to energy efficiency opportunities in the food & drink industry, prepared by CanmetENERGY’s experts in industrial processes, in collaboration with the Government of Quebec’s Bureau de l’efficacité et de l’innovation énergétiques (BEIE). Some of these measures featured include: improved lighting and utilities, ventilation, new heating modes, and heat pumps. The guide also highlights two energy optimization advanced methods: energy integration to optimize heat recovery and reduce waste heat, and energy monitoring and targeting to track energy use, identify malfunctions and better access the impact of future projects.NRCAN
December 6, 2012 - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today touted projections in a new report by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) showing that combining building efficiency improvements (made possible by innovations in chemistry, adds ACC) with lower-carbon fuels could lead to a 41% reduction in energy use.
November 26, 2012 - CSA (Canadian Standards Association) has introduced the ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard and implementation guideline to help businesses move forward in reducing their energy consumption, while also recognizing the cost savings as a result of doing so. While the standard and guideline are specifically aimed at small and medium enterprises, organizations of all sizes can follow the information for developing and implementing an effective energy management system to help decrease overall energy usage, says CSA. The ISO 50001 Implementation Guideline covers topics, such as: the application of the requirements of the ISO 50001 standard; practical aspects for implementingISO 50001; examples; and audit checklist.CSA GROUP
July 27, 2012 - The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and ASHRAE are jointly developing Standard 201P, “Facility Smart Grid Information Model”, which would provide a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate electrical energy consumptions and forecasts. The proposed standard is open for an advisory public review until September 3, 2012.
July 16, 2012 - The new ASHRAE Guideline 32-2012, Sustainable, High Performance Operation and Maintenance, claims to help facility managers and building operating staff achieve the lowest economic and environmental life cycle cost without sacrificing safety or functionality. The guideline applies to the ongoing operational practices regarding: energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and health and safety for the building envelope, HVAC&R, complementary energy systems, and electrical systems. According to ASHRAE, Guideline 32 helps users evaluate and eliminate the wasted energy caused by poor operating procedures, while providing a no regrets path to improving energy efficiency in buildings.ASHRAE
July 12, 2012 - Interested in earth energy systems? Participate in CSA Group’s public review process for its draft revision of the C448 Series “Design and Installation of Earth Energy Systems”.
July 10, 2012 - According to ASHRAE, a proposed change to the 2010 ASHRAE/IES energy standard regarding data centres recognizes the role that system efficiencies – vs. only equipment – can play in reducing energy consumption. With publication of the 2010 standard, ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, data centres were included within its scope for the first time. In total, 15 proposed addenda/addendum to Standard 90.1 have been open for public review: al, ao, ap, af, ag, ai, am, an, aq, ar, at, ad, ah, aj and as.ASHRAE
July 5, 2012 - UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), has announced appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp. as the first company to achieve certification of its products to AHAM 7001/CSA SPE 7001-12/UL 7001, Sustainability Standard for Household Refrigeration Appliances.
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