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ASHRAE | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

A newly published energy efficiency standard from ASHRAE and IES offers energy savings measures resulting from industry input.

2016 Energy Efficiency Standard Published

2016 Energy Efficiency Standard Published

A newly published energy efficiency standard from ASHRAE and IES offers energy savings measures resulting from industry input.

Montreal Protocol Kigali Amendment: Phase Down HFCs

This amendment to the Montreal Protocol focuses on a global phase down of production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are used in refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

Johnson Controls Supports Low-GWP Refrigerant Research

The company donated $100K for development of safety standards regarding the use of mildly flammable, low-GWP refrigerants.

FM Alert: Smart Grid Standard Published

A newly published standard from ASHRAE and NEMA is a key piece supporting modernization of the global grid.

FM Alert: Partnership Funds Flammable Refrigerant Research

AHRI, ASHRAE, and the DOE will collaborate on a $5.2 million research program that will help accelerate updating of model building codes.

White House Event Stresses Resiliency In Building Codes/Standards

The White House is hosting a Conference on Resilient Building Codes today to highlight the critical role of building codes in furthering community resilience and the importance of incorporating resilience and the future impacts of climate change in the codes and standards development process.

FM Alert: ASHRAE, AIA Look To Future Of Energy Efficiency

Building on past outreach, ASHRAE and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing them to working together in a variety of built environment areas.

ASHRAE Funds Thermal Comfort Database Project

Creation of a database to help better understand human thermal comfort in residential and commercial buildings is being funded through an ASHRAE grant program.


Applications for this active desiccant hybrid system include hospital operating rooms, archival and dry storage, hotels, and multi-family buildings.

FM Alert: “Facility Smart Grid Information Model” Reaches Key Milestone

A recent public review of the Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM), is bringing homes, offices, factories, and other buildings significantly closer to becoming full partners in supporting and managing the electric grid.

Start Saving Water: New Code Resource For Water Efficiency

2015 WEP: Water Efficiency Provisions of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) provides the most contemporary requirements for designers, policy makers, and the construction community who are looking for ways to deal with severe droughts and the need to better conserve water.

FM Alert: Proposed Facility Smart Grid Model Standard Open for Public Review

ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model, would provide a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts.

Department of Energy Adopts ASHRAE 90.1 Efficiency Levels

Department of Energy final rules adopt ASHRAE 90.1 efficiency levels as recommended by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) for certain unitary products, heat pumps, water heaters, and PTACs.

Codes, Standards Developers Align Guidelines To Create Sustainable, High-Performance Buildings

Consistency will benefit the environment, code compliance, facility management professionals, builders, and designers.

Indoor Air Quality Trends: Sustaining Healthy Air

HVAC systems and room air currents significantly impact transmission of airborne illness.

Focus On: HVAC

This article features four products that cover HVAC innovations.

Higher Education Case Study: All About Business

In pursuing LEED certification, Grand Valley State University keeps operational goals at the forefront.

Architects Promote NIBS Performance-Based Guide

The AIA will support the Guide by promoting it to its members as a resource to be used in the design phase of a building as well as by bringing the designer community perspective to the NPBDG review and update process.

New Performance-Based Design Guide Now Available

National Institute of Building Sciences makes free tool available to the public via the WBDG.

2013 Trends Recap

A look at the topics covered over the past year provides a peek into what will be top of mind in 2014.

Services & Maintenance: Indoor Air Concerns

Addressing complaints and suspected problems calls for a targeted inspection.

Updated Green Globes Building Certification Program Now Built On ANSI Standard

Green Globes is used as an alternative to LEED.

The HVAC Factor: Spiral Round Ductwork

As an alternative to rectangular ducting, this approach is a more efficient delivery system when conditions are suitable. From the August 2013 issue.

Advanced Energy Design Guidance Offered For Large Hospitals

The book was developed by a committee representing a diverse group of energy professionals drawn from ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

ASHRAE Launches New Terminology Site – ASHRAEwiki

Common definitions for terms found in ASHRAE standards and other publications can now be found at a new website from the Society.

HVAC Trends: Refrigerant Update

As the phaseout of the high global warming impact substances used in HVAC/R equipment ramps up, research on suitable alternatives continues.

What Is Energy Use Intensity? ASHRAE Seeks To Define, Educate

While the importance of building energy performance metrics to reduce energy use is accepted worldwide, there is no single generally accepted definition of that metric. Consequently, ASHRAE is working to define one clear, logical metric to move the building industry toward producing net zero energy buildings by 2030.

ASHRAE Launches New Student Engineering Challenge

A new student design competition from ASHRAE is focused on taking advantage of today’s technology to provide simple, affordable solutions that benefit people around the world.

ASHRAE Updates Datacom Power Book

Trends for individual components supplement the previous trend information, providing an understanding of the forces driving overall information technology equipment (ITE) power consumption.

Proposed Revisions to Energy Standard for Existing Buildings Open for Public Comment

The standard was first published in 1981, and the need for its requirements has grown as more attention is paid to improving energy in current building stock. Public input to the proposed changes is being sought from May 4 until June 18.

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