Retrocommissioning refers to identifying improvements that can increase the energy savings and performance of existing buildings. Considering that about half of all commercial buildings in the U.S. were constructed before 1980, it’s easy to see why there is a growing demand for contractors who offer retrocommissioning.
HVAC systems in commercial buildings consume a lot of energy, which is why many building owners and managers are looking at replacing their older, inefficient equipment with new high-performing systems.
Energy efficiency ratings (SEER/EER) of air conditioners and heat pumps keep rising, thanks to new technologies such as electronically commutated motors (ECMs), inverter-driven compressors, and advanced heat exchangers. These technologies have helped boost high-end cooling equipment ratings to the mid-20-SEER range, which was unthinkable just a few years ago.
A new survey from Lennox Intl. Inc. found that while most homeowners pass the energy conservation test, they should brush up on their knowledge of Energy Savings 101 if they want to make it to the head of the class while staying cool and keeping bills low this season.
The National Comfort Institute Inc.’s (NCI) mission is to help its members implement HVAC and home-performance contracting through easy-to-use strategies. That mission was accomplished at its recent annual summit, where the focus was on the best practices involved with selling and installing air upgrades.
Memorandum of understanding outlines mutual advancement
March 23, 2017
ASHRAE and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under the agreement, ASHRAE and KFAS will look for ways to work together in research, conferences and meetings, training programs, and chapter collaboration. Additionally, ASHRAE and KFAS will explore the possibility of translating ASHRAE publications to Arabic as well as coproducing books and other publications.
Amending energy conservation and test procedure standards
March 13, 2017
On Jan. 6, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published concurrent and identical proposed and direct final rules amending energy conservation standards for consumer central air conditioners and heat pumps.
Builds on existing efforts to increase sustainability and energy security for major logistics base
November 21, 2016
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has awarded a $170 million, 23-year energy savings performance contract to Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., for an energy conservation and distributed generation project at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, Georgia.
Millennials are price-sensitive, as cost has the greatest influence on their purchase decisions above all other factors, including quality, brand, store, and availability. So, they may not be willing to pay more for the higher efficiency HVAC systems that they claim to want.