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.
Most building owners/managers don't know to the degree to which they may see financial benefits from creating healthier buildings. This is a prime opportunity for contractors to fill the void and explain how to achieve healthier buildings through improved IAQ.