Contractors need to make sure these 10 things happen
November 7, 2016
In conjunction with the release of its latest soldering procedure, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA’s) National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau (NCPWB) encourages contractors to make sure the following 10 things happen when their workers are making soldered joints.
To maximize cooling tower benefits, the appropriate tower size must be selected
October 24, 2016
Cooling towers are a relatively inexpensive and reliable way of expelling heat from a number of industrial and commercial applications. As the worldwide market continues to grow, so does the need to address the issue: How large should a cooling tower be to efficiently handle a specific application.
Arlington County, Virginia, is well on its way to a goal of 20 percent energy reduction by 2022. But the county realized it could do more — and do it quicker — if it had a modular solution that could optimize energy usage among multiple building devices.
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.