Efficient HVAC Systems and Net–Zero Buildings

Efficient HVAC Systems and Net–Zero Buildings

The efficiency of an HVAC system is imperative in designing net–zero–energy building projects. Net-zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) employ the latest materials, technologies, practices, and controls in order to not only minimize energy usage, but also produce as much or more energy than the building consumes. As these buildings become more popular, HVACR manufacturers are working to…

ASHRAE Releases Newly Published Energy-efficiency Standard

ASHRAE Releases Newly Published Energy Efficiency Standard

The 2016 version is the 10th edition published since the original standard was introduced in 1975. Numerous energy savings measures resulting from industry input are contained in the newly published energy-efficiency standard from ASHRAE and IES. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, “Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” contains 125 addenda published since the 2013 standard.…

Schools Invest in Efficiency, IAQ

Schools Invest in Efficiency, IAQ

Industry experts discuss trends, costs, return on investment, and more educational infrastructure in the U.S. is aging. In 2014, the National Center for Education Statistics surveyed a sample of school districts and estimated the average age of the nation’s primary school buildings was 55 years old. Within these aging buildings lie outdated HVAC systems that…