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ASHRAE Publishes New Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits

The newly released ASHRAE Standard 211-2018 for Commercial Building Energy Audits establishes consistent practices for conducting and reporting energy audits for commercial buildings. It also defines the procedures required to perform ASHRAE Level 1, 2, and 3 energy audits, provides a common scope of work for those audit levels for use by building owners and others, and establishes standardized industry practices and minimum reporting requirements for results.
The standard was approved by ASHRAE on April 30, 2018. It was also […]

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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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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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The Future of HVAC: Device Driven, Digital Growth, and Beyond

Recently, ACHR News contributor Maria Taylor published an interesting story titled, “Device Driven: HVACR manufacturers talk connectivity, shelf life.” You can read the full ACHR News article here.
Beyond device driven HVAC, the industry is also becoming more digital. Earlier this year, TruTech Tools President Bill Spohn spoke to a live webinar audience about “2018 New Gadgets to Save You Time.” Many of the tools he discussed were digital devices.

WATCH NOW >>> 2018 New Gadgets to Save You Time

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Meet Codes in New Homes, Guaranteed, Unprecedented New Construction Program

Recently, Aeroseal announced the HVAC industry’s first “Meet Code the First Time” Guarantee. However, it’s more than just a guarantee. It’s part of an unprecedented new construction program to help contractors overcome code requirements for airtight ducts that’s easier and more cost-effective than hand sealing (e.g. mastic, tape).

Read the Full Press Release Here

Since celebrating the 20th anniversary of Aeroseal duct sealing in 2017 and launching the All-New HomeSeal Connect in 2018, Aeroseal just made another big, bold move […]

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IDEA2018: Local Solutions, Global Impact – Conference Begins Today

The beautiful mountain-backed seaport of Vancouver, B.C., on Canada’s Pacific coast has been recognized as one of the most livable, environmentally conscious cities in the world. It was the birthplace of the Greenpeace movement nearly 50 years ago. It also has the lowest per capita carbon emissions of any major city in North America, and its sights are set on becoming the greenest city on the globe.
So it’s only fitting that Vancouver will play host to the 109th International […]

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CEC Adopts 2019 Title 24 Standards, Year of Duct Rumors Continue

Wow! There was quite the cover story in the June 2018 issue of Indoor Comfort News. Contributor Ted Rieger wrote about the California Energy Commission (CEC) adoption of 2019 Title 24 energy efficiency standards. The Year of the Duct building code rumors continue.

READ NOW: Looming Code Changes, Rumoring 2018 The Year of the Duct

Building codes throughout the country have been getting a lot of media buzz lately. Energy efficiency for HVAC systems is a growing priority among building owners, […]

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Homeowners Feel More Comfortable, Lower Utility Bills with Aeroseal

Contractors are truly making the lives of homeowners better, worldwide. Recently, Arizona Homeowner Don T. and his wife just had their home ductwork sealed with Aeroseal by local contractor FreshEnergy Home Comfort Solutions (a.k.a. Brothers Reidhead Insulation). The sealing was an oustanding success, and the story is truly life-changing, for the better!
Prior to sealing the air duct system of their house with Aeroseal, Don and his wife were dealing with uncomfortable temperatures in their home and high monthly utility […]

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$177 Billion Annual Electricity Bills, U.S. DOE Research Identifies Energy Saving Opportunity

Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shared concern for the rising energy costs for consumers, “more than $177 billion in electricity bills annually.” The DOE has “announced up to $11.5 million in funding” for new research to address the challenge of energy costs. Read the full article here.
Digging into the new research, proper installation and performance of HVAC equipment are major factors for identifying an energy-saving solution for homeowners. Energy costs can be lowered by managing the efficiency […]

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Importance of Proper Ventilation in Healthcare Facilities

Hospitals and medical facilities are typically “on-call” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So, ventilation in these critical care facilities is of prime importance. A recent article in HPAC Engineering outlines several ventilation strategies for healthcare facilities that could help decrease energy use while still maintaining indoor air quality and patient safety.
Hospitals consume significantly more energy than buildings and facilities of similar size due to the occupancy and hours of operation. The large quantity of outside air necessary […]

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