During maintenance of steam systems, the insulation that covers pipes, valves, and fittings is often damaged or removed and not replaced. Pipes, valves, and fittings that are not insulated can be safety hazards and sources of heat loss.
Catalyst prize winners move products closer to commercialization
September 5, 2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced follow-on funding for the two Buildings topic winners of the Catalyst Energy Innovation Prize. The companies, Kinetic Buildings and Livable Analytics, are developing software to diagnose faulty building HVAC operation and to better understand building occupant satisfaction.
Vast majority in urban areas are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO’s limits
August 22, 2016
With poor air quality remaining a major public health problem in many cities, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new report aiming to encourage countries to take more actions that will reduce the negative impact of air pollution.
The recent severe drought in California that led to water rationing, followed by the Flint, Michigan, water crisis due to lead in the water supply, has emphasized the vital importance of water as a natural resource. In light of this, rainwater reuse systems and water filtration are two subjects that deserve a closer look.
The traditional, and still dominant, uses of energy modeling are all associated with building design, such as HVAC system selection and sizing and code compliance. But energy modeling has impactful post-occupancy uses as well.
DOE verified demos show energy savings of up to 80%
July 4, 2016
Through a the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, Kansas City, Missouri-based QM Power recently commercialized a high-efficiency motor for commercial refrigerators that has the potential to transform the market.
Did you know that an HVAC system can produce up to 20 gallons of water a day? Due to this fact, as much as 90 percent of central air conditioning service calls are to address water leaks caused by condensation.
SINGH360 Helps Strack & Van Til and Coborn’s trim energy consumption
June 6, 2016
Two prominent grocery chains in the Upper Midwest are reducing their energy use and cutting energy cost by retro-commissioning their stores. The chains have done so with the help of SINGH360, a service provider that specializes in working with grocery chains.
Improved IAQ could significantly improve the performance of workers
May 23, 2016
People who work in well-ventilated offices with below-average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2) have significantly higher cognitive functioning scores — in crucial areas such as responding to a crisis or developing strategy — than those who work in offices with typical levels, according to a new study.
Barksdale Air Force Base is no stranger to hot weather, which can be a constant battle for maintainers and others who work out in the elements. Thankfully, 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron HVAC Airmen ensure there’s a cool place to escape to while also providing other benefits of heating and cooling that directly affect the mission.