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Refrigeration Commissioning Guide Seeks to Ensure Systems Work Right; Free Download Available

Jan 3, 2014
ATLANTA – Sixty percent of energy use in supermarkets is attributed to refrigeration, and studies have shown commissioning could result in 7 to 25 percent energy savings. A new guide from ASHRAE outlines a commissioning process that would result in substantial savings. “Refrigeration Commiss...

Debate Focuses on Relationship between Manufacturers and Designers

Jan 6, 2014
2014 Winter Conference ATLANTA – When it comes to building performance, who has the biggest influence? Manufacturers who develop the equipment or designers who design the systems? Listen and take part in a debate on the question as part of the Technical Program at ASHRAE’s 2014 Winter Conferen...

Revisions to Climate Data Standard from ASHRAE Include New Climate Zone, Climatic Data

Jan 8, 2014
ATLANTA - The newly updated Standard 169, Climatic Data for Building Design Standards, serves as a comprehensive source of climate data for those involved in building design, and provides a variety of climatic information for designing, planning and sizing building energy systems and equipment...

Combating Climate Change and its Impact on Cities: What is Our Role?

Jan 10, 2014
2014 Winter Conference ATLANTA – Has the time come to change the way we design, build and operate cities in order to deal with climate change? Speakers in a seminar at ASHRAE’s 2014 Winter Conference share their thoughts on how the built environment profession can play a role in combating climatic ...

Looking for High Performing Buildings? Look for Trouble – Via Monitoring Based Commissioning

Jan 13, 2014
ATLANTA – When it comes to ensuring your building is operating as designed, the best action you can take is to look for trouble. “Once a building has been commissioned and is operating efficiently, the goal is to keep it that way,” H. Jay Enck, Commissioning & Green Build Solutions Inc., Bufo...

Role of Façade in Energy Savings to be Discussed at ASHRAE Winter Conference

Jan 14, 2014
2014 Winter Conference ATLANTA – A building façade isn’t just about putting your best face forward. It also plays an important role in energy savings. “Façade design is a vital aspect of building, largely controlled by architects as per wishes of building owners,” seminar chair Kent Peterson...

ASHRAE Recognizes Outstanding HVAC&R Industry Achievements

Jan 18, 2014
NEW YORK– Forty-six people will be recognized by ASHRAE for their contributions to the Society and the building industry at the Society’s 2014 Winter Conference held here Jan. 18-22. The F. Paul Anderson Award, the Society’s highest honor, is awarded for notable achievement of outstanding servi...

ASHRAE GreenGuide: Four Editions, 10 Years, 158 GreenTips: e-book Made Available

Jan 20, 2014
ATLANTA – When the first edition of the “ASHRAE GreenGuide” was first published 10 years ago, guidance on how practice green building design was not so readily available. “Since 2004, the industry has witnessed the continued evolution of green building programs from strictly voluntary to bein...

BACnet Web Services Updates and Call for Participation in a Virtual Plugfest

Jan 23, 2014
NEW YORK – The BACnet committee has approved an update to BACnet/web services (WS) to better support more sophisticated needs such as smart grid and energy management. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2012, BACnet – A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks, allows building...

ASHRAE Publishes 2013 Editions of Refrigerant Safety Standards

Feb 3, 2014
ATLANTA – The 2013 editions of ASHRAE’s major refrigerants-related standards, incorporating  41 new addenda, have been published. Requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 34-2013, Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants, and ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 15-2013, Safety Standard for Refrigerat...

Full Conference Program Announced for ASHRAE's Hot Climate Conference in Qatar

Feb 5, 2014
ATLANTA – The full program has been announced for the First International Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates, and includes four keynote addresses, three internationally-organized special sessions, 13 conference paper sessions and 43 papers.  In all, some 60 presentatio...

Mother Nature Can't Stop High Attendance for ASHRAE Conference, AHR Expo

Feb 6, 2014
ATLANTA—Even Winter Storm Janus couldn’t deter the thousands of attendees of the ASHRAE 2014 Winter Conference. In spite of the snow storm, the Conference, held Jan. 18-22, in New York City., saw over 2,800 attendees. Additionally, the ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo, held in conjunction with th...

ASHRAE Spring Online Courses Cover Significant Updates to 90.1-2010, Career Enhancement

Feb 10, 2014
ATLANTA – Expert knowledge of sustainable techniques is in demand and the 13 online courses being offered this spring through the ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) allow professionals to keep up with the latest industry trends. Participants can access these instructor-led courses from anywhere with a...

Proposed Addendum to Green Standard Seeks to Ensure Sustainability Through Biodiversity

Feb 11, 2014
ATLANTA – Ensuring sustainability of ecosystems through protection of plants, soil and water and increased habitat for native birds and insects is the goal of proposed requirements to the green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Enginee...

New ASHRAE, Green Grid Publication Provides Background on Data Center Metrics

Feb 14, 2014
ATLANTA — Power usage effectiveness (PUE™) has become the industry-preferred and globally adopted metric for measuring the energy efficiency of data centers. In response to this demand, ASHRAE and The Green Grid have published “PUE™: A Comprehensive Examination of the Metric.” This is the ...

ASHRAE/IES Energy Standard Gains 30 Percent Savings over 2004 Standard

Feb 19, 2014
ATLANTA – The requirements of the 2013 revision of an energy standard recently published by ASHRAE and IES will result in buildings that could achieve six to eight percent more efficiency than buildings built to the 2010 standard. Published in October 2013, ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013,...

Conference Program Announced for ASHRAE's High Performance Buildings Conference

Feb 20, 2014
ATLANTA – From changing occupant energy use to exploring radical innovations in buildings, ASHRAE’s third High Performance Buildings Conference highlights innovation; proven methods for improving building operation resulting in deep energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality; measured ...

ASHRAE Honors Rising Star in the Building Industry

Feb 21, 2014
ATLANTA—Young engineers, whether just out of school, establishing their early careers or achieving engineering milestones are building up the industry. As part of Engineers Week (Feb. 16-22), ASHRAE is proud to recognize its 2014 New Face of Engineering: Rebecca Delaney, P.E. New Faces of Engineeri...

ASHRAE Announces Call for Papers for 2015 Winter Conference, Jan. 24-28, Chicago

Mar 6, 2014
ATLANTA – ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 24-28. “With the Conference being held in the big city of Chicago, the Technical Program itself is going big with a focus on big projects, the big picture and big impacts,” Doug Cochrane, ...

ASHRAE Publishes 2013 Version of MOT for BACnet Conformance

Mar 17, 2014
ATLANTA – New tests and test improvements are included in the newly published ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135.1-2013, Method of Test for Conformance to BACnet. The standard was published this week by ASHRAE. The standard defines a standard method for verifying that an implementation of the BACnet ...

ASHRAE Webcast Registration Opens March 17

Mar 19, 2014
ATLANTA – Registration for the free 2014 ASHRAE Webcast, “Buildings in Balance: IEQ and Energy Efficiency,” is now open at  www.ashrae.org/ieqwebcast. The webcast will broadcast live on April 17, 2014, from 1-4 p.m. EDT.  “The webcast will identify the link between energy efficiency and ind...

ASHRAE Conference in Manila Addresses High Performance Building in Developing Economies

Mar 20, 2014
ATLANTA – The issues and challenges surrounding the design, construction and operation of buildings in developing economies are the focus of an upcoming ASHRAE conference taking place in Manila, Philippines. Organized by ASHRAE along with the Philippines Chapter, the Efficient, High Performa...

Revised ASHRAE Standard Helps to Compare Building Energy Performance

Mar 24, 2014
ATLANTA—When it comes to the how-to of measuring a building’s energy use, there is much to take into consideration. Are the measurements of a building’s area—used in the equation to derive energy use per square foot—to be taken from the exterior dimensions or to the centerline of the wall? Sinc...

ASHRAE Joins NAHB and ICC to Develop New National Green Building Standard

Mar 27, 2014
WASHINGTON, March 27 - The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), building science society ASHRAE and the International Code Council (ICC), developers of the ICC Family of Codes for the built environment, today agreed to jointly develop the 2015 edition of the ICC/ASHRAE 700 National Gree...

City of Chicago Approves ASHRAE Certification as Data Verifier Credential

Apr 1, 2014
ATLANTA – The City of Chicago now recognizes the ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) as a data verifier credential under the city’s new Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. As a result, BEAP credential holders are eligible to provide professional verification of data for...

ASHRAE Proposes to Move All Residential IAQ Requirements to Standard 62.2

Apr 4, 2014
ATLANTA – Dwelling units of multifamily buildings of any height would fall under ASHRAE’s residential ventilation standard, 62.2, under a proposed change designed to provide consistency of ventilation requirements. Currently, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Qua...

Supply Water Temperature Classification New Addition to Updated Guidance on Cooling Data Centers

Apr 10, 2014
ATLANTA— Data center rack heat loads are steadily climbing, creating a need for liquid cooling solutions to reduce the volume of airflow needed, as well as lower processor temperatures for better computer performance. “Liquid Cooling Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers,” second edition, ...

ASHRAE 2014 Annual Conference Announced for Seattle

Apr 16, 2014
ATLANTA – While abundant rain and thriving evergreens keep the city of Seattle green and lush, the city has taken the concept of “green” to a whole different level. Sustainability is promoted in all aspects of life, which makes Seattle the perfect location for ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference....

Ground Source Heat Pumps Focus of Technical Program Track at ASHRAE 2014 Annual Conference

Apr 23, 2014
ATLANTA—A new track added to the Technical Program at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference speaks to the challenges engineers face when designing ground source heat pumps as compared to more traditional systems. The Conference takes place June 28-July 2, Seattle, Wash. For more information or to...

Organizations Announce Commitment to Promote Resilient Buildings

May 13, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Leaders of America’s design and construction industry – along with building owners and operators – for the first time have agreed to incorporate resilience in planning, building materials selection, design, construction and operational techniques to make the nation’s aging in...

ASHRAE Continues Work on Legionellosis Standard; Fourth Public Review Draft Slated for Summer

May 15, 2014
ATLANTA – Nearly 40 years after Legionnaires’ Disease first gained public attention, the disease remains common throughout the world. Recent cases include outbreaks in Australia, Canada and the United States. As a result, ASHRAE continues work on what would be the first set of standardized ...

DOE Takes First Step in Updating National Reference Standard for Commercial Buildings to 90.1-2013

May 19, 2014
ATLANTA – Preliminary analysis from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that the ASHRAE/IES’s 2013 energy efficiency standard contains energy savings over the 2010 standard of 8.5 percent source energy and 7.6 site energy. This is the first step by the DOE in issuing a ruling that could e...

ASHRAE Guideline on HVAC Equipment for Rail Passenger Vehicles Open for Comment

May 21, 2014
ATLANTA – The unique challenges required for HVAC design in rail passenger vehicles are being addressed in a proposed guideline from ASHRAE now open for public comment. Guideline 23P, Guideline for the Design and Application of HVAC Equipment for Rail Passenger Vehicles, establishes recomme...

ASHRAE Supports Launch of Energy 2030 On the Road Campaign

Jun 2, 2014
ATLANTA – ASHRAE has joined in support of the Alliance to Save Energy’s 2030 program with support of the Alliance’s On the Road campaign launch. The Alliance has a goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. Energy Productivity, which is defined as the ratio of output divided by energy ...

2014 ASHRAE Handbook Focuses on Refrigeration

Jun 13, 2014
ATLANTA – The 2014 ASHRAE Handbook—Refrigeration, which covers refrigeration equipment and systems for applications other than human comfort, is now available for purchase. The 51 chapters in this volume include information on cooling, freezing, and storing food; industrial applications of refriger...

ASHRAE Guideline on Specifying Building Automation Systems Published; Open for Public Review

Jun 17, 2014
ATLANTA – Guidance on performance monitoring is featured in a newly published guideline from ASHRAE. ASHRAE Guideline 13-2014, Specifying Building Automation Systems, provide designers of building automation systems (BAS) with background information, recommendations for good practice, proj...

ASHRAE bEQ Program Qualifies for Florida Rating System under Energy Bill

Jun 26, 2014
ATLANTA – Under amended legislation recently signed, the building energy rating and labeling program known as Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) now qualifies as an energy rating option for buildings in the state of Florida. Florida Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 7147, which qualifies the bEQ pr...

Outstanding Achievements Recognized at ASHRAE’s Annual Conference

Jun 28, 2014
SEATTLE—Eighty-nine people are being recognized by ASHRAE for their contributions to the Society and the built environment industry at the Society’s 2014 Annual Conference held here June 28-July 2. Presidential Member Kent Peterson, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Asses...

ASHRAE/IES Publish User’s Manual for Standard 90.1

Jun 29, 2014
ATLANTA – Guidance on how to incorporate changes regarding building envelope, lighting, mechanical and the energy cost budget in the 2013 energy standard from ASHRAE and IES are included in a newly published User’s Manual. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Exce...

ASHRAE Installs New Officers, Directors

Jul 1, 2014
SEATTLE – ASHRAE has installed new officers and directors for 2014-15 at its Annual Meeting held here June 28-July 2. The new president is Thomas H. Phoenix, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment and Building Energy Modeling Professional, principal and vice president, Mo...

Call for Papers for ASHRAE 2015 Annual Conference

Jul 8, 2014  - Atlanta
3rd Annual Research Summit Presented ATLANTA — ASHRAE is seeking papers for its 2015 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Ga., June 27-July 1, 2015. “The 2015 Annual Conference in Atlanta will have a strong focus on the design, construction and operation of high performance buildings as four of the ...

International Societies Form Indoor Environmental Quality – Global Alliance

Jul 11, 2014
Editors Note: A photo of the signing is available upon request. Shown will be (from left) Christine Lorenzo, president, AIHA; Max Sherman, Board member, AIVC; Bill Bahnfleth, president, ASHRAE; and Donald Weekes, immediate past president, IAQA. ATLANTA —  A newly formed alliance seeks to serve as a...

ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference Announces Preliminary Schedule

Jul 14, 2014
Student Scholarship Applications Due July 25 ATLANTA – A preliminary schedule has been announced for the 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, Sept. 10-12, 2014, Atlanta, Ga. The Conference merges the ASHRAE Energy Modeling and IBPSA-USA SimBuild Conferences. In addition, the ...

ASHRAE, IAQA to Join Forces to Grow Resources for Indoor Air Quality Professionals

Jul 14, 2014
ATLANTA – ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed in principle to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. Pending a three to six month period of due diligence, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while m...

ASHRAE Introduces New Strategic Plan at 2014 Annual Conference

Jul 21, 2014
ATLANTA – Major actions taken at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference included introduction of its strategic plan, creation of a new indoor air quality alliance, and announcement of a milestone related to its research program and Foundation. Some 1,700 people attended the Conference, held June 28-Jul...

ASHRAE Announces Special Limited Pricing Offer; Changes to In Operation Methodology for bEQ Program

Jul 29, 2014
Free Submissions Available to Qualified Submitters ATLANTA – To allow greater uniformity for building types seeking an In Operation rating under its Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) program, ASHRAE is now using methodology from its standard for energy efficiency in existing buildings to calcula...

New Course on Building Demand Response and Coming Smart Grid Offered by ASHRAE

Aug 5, 2014
Fall Online Course Series ATLANTA – Peak demand management and response is a critical factor as most developed countries move toward a national smart grid, which will help provide a reliable and secure infrastructure that can meet future demand growth as well as more effectively integrate di...

Papers Sought for International Conference on Energy and Environment in Ships

Aug 11, 2014
ATLANTA – Papers are being sought for a conference on ships and on land facilities that focuses on the state of the art and challenges related to environment, HVAC, energy security and health and safety among other topics. Organized by ASHRAE, the Hellenic Navy, the Technical Chamber of Gree...

Leading Building Industry Groups Agree to Streamline Green Building Tool Coordination and Development

Aug 21, 2014
Move will coordinate Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code and LEED to offer comprehensive system of regulatory and voluntary leadership tools for jurisdictions ATLANTA – ASHRAE, the International Code Council (ICC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illumina...

ASHRAE Supports Change to NCEES Education Initiative

Aug 28, 2014
ATLANTA – A move by United States engineering and surveying licensing boards to remove a requirement for an additional 30 credit hours for obtaining licensure as a Professional Engineer is met with approval by ASHRAE. In 2006, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (...

ASHRAE/IES Propose Adding Verification Requirements to Energy Standard

Sep 8, 2014
ATLANTA – Multiple compliance options to ensure verification of delivered building envelope performance are being proposed for the ASHRAE/IES energy standard. “Uncontrolled air leakage has long been an unquantified variable in load calculations for buildings large and small,” Chris Mathis said....

ASHRAE Proposes Alternate Compliance Path for Existing Buildings in IAQ Standard

Sep 5, 2014
ATLANTA – Recognizing that the ventilation rate procedure in its indoor air quality standard may be difficult to apply in existing buildings, ASHRAE is proposing an alternate compliance path. Proposed addendum b is one of six addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptab...

ASHRAE in the House: Society Explores Path toward Involvement in Residential

Sep 11, 2014
ATLANTA – When it comes to energy, the residential sector consumes a fifth of all the primary energy used by the United States (21 percent) and more than half (54 percent) of all energy used by buildings. Similar trends are also observed in other parts of the world. For example, in Europe, res...

ASHRAE Provides Assistance to Future Engineers Through Scholarships

Sep 15, 2014
ATLANTA – Twenty five students are receiving nearly $130,000 in financial assistance for the 2014-15 school year via ASHRAE’s scholarship program. Over the course of 26 years ASHRAE has awarded more than $1.4 million to over 300 deserving undergraduate and graduate students. The recipients o...

ASHRAE Selected as 2014 Best of Building Award Recipient by USGBC Members

Sep 17, 2014
ATLANTA – ASHRAE is pleased to announce today that it received the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Best of Building award for Best Professional Association. “ASHRAE is proud to be recognized as the Best Professional Association in the Best of Building Awards,” Tom Phoenix, ASHRAE presi...

ASHRAE Releases Legionellosis Standard for Fourth Public Review Draft

Sep 29, 2014
ATLANTA - A fourth version of ASHRAE's proposed legionellosis standard is open for public comment until November 10, 2014. Standard 188P, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems, currently under development, will establish minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for bu...

ASHRAE, AHR Expo Return to Chicago for 2015 Winter Conference, Expo

Sep 30, 2014
ATLANTA -– Registration is open for ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago where attendees have the chance to discuss and examine the latest topics in the building industry, network; participate in technical tours; attend ASHRAE Learning Institute courses; earn professional credits; and o...

DOE Updates National Reference Standard for Commercial Buildings to 90.1-2013

Oct 2, 2014
ATLANTA - Following preliminary analysis that ASHRAE/IES's 2013 energy efficiency standard contains energy savings over the 2010 standard - 8.5 percent source energy savings and 7.6 site energy savings - the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a ruling that establishes the 2013 standard ...

ASHRAE Announces Recipients of Student Design Competition; Applied Engineering Challenge

Oct 16, 2014
ATLANTA - Students who took part in ASHRAE's 2014 Student Design Competition were challenged to do research and design for a research and design development facility. The 2014 student competition focuses on a two story office building in New York City with a research and development facility...

ASHRAE 2015 Winter Conference Technical Program: New Tracks Address Industry's Big Needs

Nov 6, 2014
ATLANTA –-- With more than five new tracks, 100 sessions and 400 speakers, the Technical Program at ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference capitalizes on the wide range of systems, equipment and applications in the Chicago area to present several relevant and timely programs. “With the Conference being...

Importance of Refrigeration - and Ice Cream - Focus of ASHRAE Conference Workshop

Nov 13, 2014
ATLANTA - From Cherry Garcia to Sea Salt Caramel, Americans love their ice cream. Nearly 9 percent of cow's milk produced in the United States goes toward making ice cream, and America is the number one consumer worldwide. What better way to illustrate the importance of refrigeration technology, ...

2014 Green Building Standard Now Available from ASHRAE/USGBC/IES

Nov 18, 2014
ATLANTA - New requirements to further reduce energy and environmental impacts of buildings are contained in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society. ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard fo...

ASHRAE Drives Home Residential Guidance in 2015 Winter Conference Technical Program

Dec 3, 2014
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Recipients of Technology Awards Announced by ASHRAE

Dec 12, 2014
ATLANTA – Buildings designed for a range of occupant types and uses – including penguins, patients, skaters, students, government employees and water testers – are being recognized for innovative design with ASHRAE Technology Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievements by ASHRAE members...

ASHRAE/IES Proposes Expansion of Climate Zones for Energy Standard

Dec 16, 2014
ATLANTA – New proposed climate data could make the ASHRAE/IES energy standard more applicable for global use. Addendum w is one of 10 proposed addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, open for public comment starting Dec. ...