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Green Building and Design

Seal Ductwork for More Energy Efficient Green Building and Design

The rules of energy savings have been changing. Building owners, facility managers/engineers, and commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors are realizing that sealing ductwork improves energy efficiency in buildings (and homes too).

READ NOW: Energy Savings – The Rules Are Changing

Throughout the years, there’s been various reports and figures shared about energy usage in buildings and how to save energy. At the beginning of this decade, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a report in October 2008 […]

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2018 DOE Energy Exchange Highlights, Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0, Beyond Obvious

After exhibiting at the 2018 DOE Energy Exchange conference in Cleveland, OH last week, we noticed some pretty cool news headlines regarding event highlights and the future of energy efficiency.
Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0
One of the highlights was a web demo of the Better Buildings Financing Navigator 2.0 by Anmol Vanamali, Financing Strategies Director at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. The tool was created to help companies with investing in energy efficiency, and it’s divided into different categories (e.g. HVAC, […]

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Hilton in Saudi Arabia Saves Energy, Meets Codes with Duct Sealing

When it opens to the public in 2018, the Hilton Riyadh in Saudi Arabia will be one of the top 10 Hilton Hotel properties in the world. Construction began on the massive luxury hotel and residence project back in 2012. The two-building complex has 866 guest rooms as well as four restaurants, including a roof garden cafeteria, a business center, health club with an indoor swimming pool and a 1,750 seat ballroom. The total built up area for the […]

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7 Construction Codes Support Tighter Air Ducts, More Rigorous Testing

Earlier this year, we published a blog post about various construction codes being updated with tighter duct leakage standards or more rigorous duct testing. We coined this phenomena, “2018: The Year of the Duct,” to encompass all the codes involved including ASHRAE, Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC), International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and many regional authorities such as the California Title 24.
More recently, ACHR News echoed 2018 being the “Year of the Duct” highlighting the following codes with increased focus […]

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The Rise of High-Performance Buildings

You hear this term more and more these days – High-Performance Building. But just what does it mean? An article in Facility Executive traces the original definition back to 2005, when the U.S. Congress defined a high-performance building for the first time, explaining it as “a building that integrates and optimizes all major high-performance building attributes, including energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, and occupant productivity.”
Congress further clarified the definition in 2007 when it issued the Energy Independence and Security […]

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Steel coils illustration for tariffs article

Hot Topic: The Impact of Trump’s New Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

It’s front page news all over the country: the impact of the newly imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum. And why not? These two metals are used in countless products we use every day, from the cars we drive to buildings in which we live and work.
In fact, the auto and construction industries are expected to be the hardest hit by these tariffs according to a blog post in the Economists Outlook published by the National Association of Realtors. […]

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Pfizer Building Front

Measured Energy Savings Mean Real Results for Pfizer Pharmaceutical

Puerto Rico has long been recognized for beautiful beaches, friendly people and a rich culture. Thanks to generous tax breaks and an enthusiastic workforce, it has also become an attractive destination for pharmaceutical companies looking to expand operations. And while its beautiful landscape and generous financial incentives are a draw for some of the world’s largest drug manufacturers, the island’s high humidity rate requires constant vigilance for an industry where environmental control is essential for successful manufacturing.

In Brief

Building: Pfizer […]

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ASE: How Does New Tax Law Change Expensing For Energy Efficiency Improvements?

New Tax Code Benefits Building Owners, Potentially Millions Saved in HVAC

There’s been a lot of buzz about the new tax code changes that were signed into law at the end of 2017.
In a previous blog post, we published a tax code 101 for understanding new tax savings for small businesses on HVAC equipment. The changes also impact building owners and contractors in the commercial HVAC industry.
READ NOW: Tax Code 101: Understanding New Tax Savings for Small Businesses on HVAC Equipment.

Recently, the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) published an interesting article […]

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LA Unified

LA Unified School District’s Pilot Aeroseal Project Receives Top Grade

This story was published on Facility Executive in October 2016.
With more than 900 schools and 14,000 building structures spread out over 800 different sites in and around the greater Los Angeles area, LA Unified is the second largest school district in the nation. Given its size, district administrators learned long ago that having a sensible energy savings strategy was critical to keeping utility costs down. So it was up to Adrian Tylim, the district’s sustainability manager, to be on […]

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Rumoring 2018 The Year of the Duct

Looming Code Changes, Rumoring 2018 The Year of the Duct

Near the end of 2017, ASHRAE Journal published an interesting article about building codes development and adoption.
Fast forward, 2018 has already been a noteworthy year for building codes.
More specifically, with the latest release of IECC and other code changes, some have called 2018 the “Year of the Duct.” There are looming code changes for duct system standards you should know. We’ve highlighted a few of them below. Also, click the image to see a snapshot of key codes changing.
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