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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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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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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

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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 School District’s Pilot Aeroseal Project Receives Top Grade

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 the lookout for emerging technologies that could potentially reduce […]

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.


Infographic: 5 Game-Changing Facts About Air Ducts

A new study from the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) examining the viability of duct sealing in commercial buildings, revealed several criteria that could be used to help identify buildings most likely to realize significant energy and cost saving benefits from air duct sealing. The study also concluded that aerosol-based duct sealing proved more effective and produced a faster return on investment (ROI) as compared to traditional duct sealing methods, particularly when access to ductwork was limited.
Highlights of the study, Duct Leakage and Retrofit Duct Sealing in Minnesota Commercial and Institutional […]


ASHRAE, Building Codes Development, Adoption

Codes are designed to be good building practices. They are not meant to penalize or add needless requirements, said David Terry, executive director of the national Association of State Energy Officials. Understanding how codes are developed and adopted and knowing how to appeal codes at both the local and international levels can help engineers address their code challenges.
Code Development
Organizations usually call on code officials, engineers, architects, contractors and others to form committees that review the model codes and discuss […]

ACHR News HVACR Trends. Chilled Beams.

ACHR HVACR Trends, Chilled Beams Potential Stifled

HOT OFF THE PRESS! ACHR News publishes an astounding HVACR trend regarding chilled beams systems.
Chilled beam technology has been a hot topic in the HVAC industry. However, ACHR News reveals a significant challenge for the growth of the chilled beam trend (but there’s hope…keep reading).
ACHR News contributor John Dixon highlights the growth in chilled beam usage, “Chilled beam systems have been successfully used for decades throughout Australia and central Europe…Here in the U.S., chilled beam technology is less prominent […]

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Code Changes for Duct System Standards You Should Know

As we head into a new year, the future of government regulations affecting environmentally friendly building practices is up for grabs. For green building proponents, however, the White House is not the be-all, end-all when it comes to industry practice. In fact, states like California, Illinois and Washington, as well as industry organizations such as ASHRAE and the International Code Council (ICC) continue to push for building standards that prioritize energy efficiency.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in some […]