Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. ASHRAE articles below.
Common definitions for terms found in ASHRAE standards and other publications can now be found at a new website from the Society.
As the phaseout of the high global warming impact substances used in HVAC/R equipment ramps up, research on suitable alternatives continues.
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.
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.
Trends for individual components supplement the previous trend information, providing an understanding of the forces driving overall information technology equipment (ITE) power consumption.
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.
The International Green Construction Code has been designed and released as the path to safe, sustainable, economical construction.
A proposed change to the ventilation rate procedure in ASHRAE’s indoor air quality standard is open for review after changes were made based on public input last year.
National Engineers Week (February 19-25) celebrates the contributions that engineers make to our society and encourages engineering as a career path among young students by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science.
Achieving optimal HVAC performance depends on all stakeholders in a facility's life cycle.
Five of the top six winning projects of the 2011 ASHRAE Technology Awards are located in Canada; the lone U.S. facility is in Kansas...
Immediate past ASHRAE President Lynn G. Bellenger, who served as the first woman president in the Society’s 116 year history, passed away Wednesday, October 19.
An updated tool from ASHRAE provides a user-friendly interface to predict thermal comfort, based on the Society’s standard for thermal environmental conditions.ASHRAE Thermal Comfort...
Prior to the new rules, federal and commercial buildings had to meet requirements in the 2004 standard.
An upcoming ASHRAE Standard will require facilities to create an HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) plan.
Standard 188P is aimed at helping fms apply available information to prevent this disease associated with building water systems.
Comprehensive data exists on western clothing insulation values, but little research exists on non-western. Having information on attire like saris could influence the design of ventilation and air-conditioning systems to provide the best thermal comfort for occupants.
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The need for the standard's requirements has grown as more attention is paid to improving energy in the country's current building stock. Public review is open until May 25, 2011.
Power, HVAC, and access control are vital to a data center, and the fm has responsibility for all of these areas.
Numerous awards and announcements are being made during ASHRAE's 2011 Winter Conference being held this week in Las Vegas.
As energy efficiency strategies get "smarter," HVAC systems are one area of opportunity for facility managers.
Federal legislation recently signed into law will provide training for federal building personnel in the areas of building operations and maintenance, energy management, safety, and design functions.
This green building design and construction code will have an impact on indoor air quality for those who adopt it.
Through a funding contract with the Department of Energy, copies of the I-P edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, are being offered as a free downloadable PDF as of October 22, 2010.
The 2010 editions of ASHRAE’s major refrigerants-related standards have been published as a package with 14 new refrigerant blends added.
New research supported by ASHRAE indicates that non-chemical devices (NCD) marketed to control the growth of biological agents may not materially reduce biological growth.
Engineering practices such as building information modeling (BIM), geothermal, and combined cooling, heating, and power were highlighted in the winning entries in the 2010 ASHRAE Student Design Competition.
As of June 2010, the building codes of 14 states and four territories do not meet the requirements in 90.1-2007. A total of $5 million from the DOE is available to be awarded for up to 20 states.
The proposed standard will coordinate with work by the North American Energy Standards Board to develop a basic energy usage data model and create a facilities data model that provides additional energy usage data elements for commercial and industrial buildings.
New requirements regarding natural ventilation, exhaust systems, and the IAQ Procedure are included in the newly published 2010 version of Standard 62.1.
Recognizing his lifetime commitment to sustainable building practices, ASHRAE President Gordon Holness has been recognized with the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) Award.
Protocols are developed at three levels for each of six performance categories: energy, water, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, lighting, and acoustics.
Engineers across the country have begun assessing the energy use of selected buildings as part of a pilot program designed to encourage the building industry to cut energy use and costs.