With energy prices due to rise, customers are looking for high-efficiency furnaces that will reduce their energy bills while still providing optimal comfort. They also want smart, user-friendly controls that will allow them to monitor and adjust their systems whenever and wherever they want.
Early last year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final rule amending the minimum efficiency standards for residential boilers, which will go into effect Jan. 15, 2021. In addition, the DOE amended its test procedure for residential boilers.
The scale of energy consumption may be more of a surprise, though, as estimates show that data center spaces can consume up to 100-200 times as much electricity as standard office spaces. With that large amount of power being used by a growing number of data centers, the pressure is on to implement energy-efficient design measures that can save money and reduce electricity use.
At the AHR Expo, ASHRAE briefed the press on recent updates made to Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Michael Rosenberg and Bing Liu, both from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the 90.1 committee, provided highlights of the updated standard.
LG Electronics held its 2017 Partner Appreciation Event during the AHR Expo. The guest speaker, Andre Borschberg, CEO, co-founder, and pilot of Solar Impulse, talked about the challenges of designing a long-range solar-powered aircraft, which he eventually flew around the world.