A one-paragraph, simple overview of the basic CHP approach reads like this: A building’s (or campus’) system uses fuel to make its own electricity, and then it applies the waste heat from that process toward its HVAC needs.
It is difficult to imagine a city running out of water, but it’s no longer impossible. Water conservation is getting more important in the U.S., and HVAC systems on a large scale represent a chance to make an impact (or not).
Sometimes, the best-laid plans in design and construction don’t get translated into practice. What happens once the construction workers leave and the ribbon-cutting is over — the operations and ongoing maintenance — plays a big role in making sure that building lives up to the energy efficiency standards promised.
Following are four examples — a kosher wine shipping center, a chiller plant in a marine research lab, a community pool, and a 10th-floor medical office retrofit — that illustrate just how creative high-efficiency products can be when it comes to unique solutions for everyday issues.
With heating and cooling accounting for nearly half the energy use in a typical U.S. home, it’s not a surprise that the market for energy-efficient products continues to remain strong. According to a recent study by Zillow, energy efficiency ranked among the top priorities during a home search.
For the past 12 years, experts from across the country have gathered in the same room for a dinner table style discussion on the most critical issues and trends impacting the HVACR industry. During the 31st Danfoss Envisioneering™ Symposium that recently took place in Washington, D.C., that topic was Resilience Solutions in Buildings & Energy.
The new “Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All” report, released by Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), outlines recommendations on how to increase access to affordable and sustainable cooling solutions throughout the world.
Commercial buildings have high energy needs, and it’s no secret that the HVACR system is one of the largest sources of electricity consumption in them. Since the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) began tracking energy use through its Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) in 1979, total energy consumption has almost doubled.