A set of recently enacted energy conservation standards for commercial air conditioners, heat pumps, and warm-air furnaces, otherwise known as rooftop units (RTUs), are set to go into effect in 2018 and 2023 and should, most definitely, be on the radar of all commercial HVAC contractors and manufacturers.
The NEWS recently sat down with Mark Handzel, vice president, product regulatory affairs, and director, HVAC commercial buildings, Xylem, to discuss the state of the pump industry and what prospective employees should know before they enter the industry.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the efforts of 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge have led to a combined 240 trillion Btu and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.
Project expected to reduce energy use in by nearly 10 percent
May 4, 2017
Honeywell announced a facility infrastructure modernization project at 21 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-operated facilities across the U.S. The project will create 95 related jobs over the course of the program and is expected to help the FAA reduce the energy use in those facilities by nearly 10 percent.
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Petra Nova, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture project, which was completed on schedule and on budget. The large-scale demonstration project, located at the W.A. Parish power plant in Thompsons, Texas, is a joint venture between NRG Energy (NRG) and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (JX).
On March 21, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued Federal Register notices announcing further delays in the effective date of the final rules on test procedures for walk-in coolers and freezers and for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps.
Jobs providing cleaner energy options equal twice those in building construction
March 16, 2017
— National business groups representing the range and breadth of clean energy companies in the U.S. cheered government statistics showing their industries support more than 3 million American jobs — equal to the employment of retail stores across the country and twice as many jobs as involved in construction of buildings. This is based on 2016 data recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in its second annual“U.S. Energy and Employment Report.”
The report highlights the remarkable accomplishments and capabilities of the National Labs, evaluates some of the improvements the DOE has made in recent years in its management and coordination with the labs, and charts a course for continued American leadership in science and technology.