ASHRAE, U.S. Department Of Energy Renew Memorandum Of Understanding

ASHRAE, U.S. DOE Renew Energy Efficiency Agreement

Underscoring their commitment to improving the efficiency use of energy, ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have renewed a memorandum of understanding. The agreement was signed by ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix and David Danielson, assistant secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE. It represents an update of an agreement last signed in 2011.…

Defining Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Defining Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its seminal report to Congress on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in 1989, the HVAC industry raced to provide products and services that would help improve the quality of the air in homes and businesses alike. Almost overnight, the public became concerned with ventilation, filtration, and humidity control…

Commercial Building Size Is Rising

Commercial Building Size Is Rising

New commercial buildings are larger than they were a decade ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). CBECS estimates there were 5.6 million commercial buildings in the U.S. in 2012, totaling 87 billion square feet of floor space. This level represents a 14 percent increase in the…