Changes In Climate And Construction
November 3, 2010
Whether or not you believe in global warming or any other
such predictions, here’s the truth: More and more folks are accepting it. Well,
technically, the term these days is “climate change” and the climate does seem
to be changing - for whatever reasons.
Here in the Midwest, we had
near record high winds for several days and our barometric pressure was near
record lows. I don’t claim to know what all that means, but it was different.
At the same time, I’ve been going to more and more green things.
These include tours of green buildings with energy efficiency and environmental
correctness throughout, a recent conference at a college with lots of new
information about green projects, and a tour of a facility that is a major
player in solar and wind generation.
I have written about some of these things and will be
writing about others in the months ahead.
What does all that have to do with HVACR? When it comes to
buildings, the answer is simple. HVACR is a big user of power and if we install
more energy-efficient equipment, we are lowering those power costs. Since most
power in this country comes from burning coal, we are reducing the infamous “carbon
The solar and wind topic is a bit different, but also
related. Solar and wind collection is supposed to reduce reliance on coal,
especially when power for a structure comes from solar and wind, in effect,
taking that building off the electric grid.
But can solar and wind generate enough power to run a, say,
supermarket even with the most energy-efficient equipment installed? Some say
yes; so say not yet … but just wait.
So I continue to key my eyes and ears opened for all these
issues as related to HVACR. Come Nov. 19, I’ll be at the mother of all
environmental conferences as related to buildings - GreenBuild in Chicago.
Should be interesting.