A New Rating Tool for Professionals -Sustainable Infrastructure Projects

“Envision takes a more holistic view of infrastructure projects, using a multi-tiered, credit-awardapproach based on resource use, operational resilience, eco-system restoration, life-cycle costs and return on investment, among other measures.”
http://enr.construction.com/people/awards/2014/0127-engineer-sets-tool-to-rate-sustainable-infrastructure.asp?amp%3Bco=f000000009816s-1158206718#%2EUuE8VfoBbzA%2Eemail

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Refrigeration Commissioning Guide Seeks to Ensure Systems Work Right–Free Download Available | ashrae.org

“Sixty percent of energy use in supermarkets is attributed to refrigeration, and studies have shown commissioning could result in 7 to 25 percent energy savings. A new guide from ASHRAE outlines a commissioning process that would result in substantial savings.”
https://www.ashrae.org/news/2014/refrigeration-commissioning-guide-seeks-to-ensure-systems-work-right–free-download-available

40W and 60W incandescent bulbs will no longer be produced

“The new light bulbs use less power to give off the same amount of light. Therefore, consumers will no longer be buying bulbs simply based on their power, expressed in watts, and will shift toward buying  bulbs based on their light output, expressed in lumens. In the near term, manufacturers are including claims like “replaces 60W bulb” or “13 W = 60 W” for a 13-watt CFL that gives off as much light as the old 60-watt incandescent bulb. “– Horowitz

 

 

Comments on Proposed Commissioning Guideline Accepted | Energy Manager Today

“ASHRAE Guideline 0.2P, The Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies, describes the procedures, methods, documentation, requirements and physical activities of the commissioning process for existing buildings, systems and assemblies using the principles developed in ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process.”–William Opalka

The proposed guideline is open for public comment from Dec. 6 until Jan. 20, 2014. For more information, visit www.ashrae.orgpublicreviews.

 

12/05/2013: EPA Releases Updated Sustainability Plan

” EPA today released its 2013 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan that outlines actions planned over the next year to cut energy use and waste in agency operations. President Obama signed Executive Order 13514 on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance in October 2009, setting aggressive targets for reducing waste and pollution in Federal operations by 2020. EPA’s 2013 Sustainability Plan builds on four years of progress under the Executive Order and provides an overview of how the agency is saving taxpayer dollars, reducing carbon emissions, and saving energy.”
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/4541d25d66c9997285257c38007193ab!OpenDocument

New ACEEE Report Centerpiece of White House Sponsored Roundtable with Building Owners and Utilities

“The paper will also be the centerpiece of a White House sponsored discussion that will launch an expansion of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative. The initiative will include multifamily buildings for the first time, as called for in President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. The event, organized by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and will bring together utilities that have partnered with ACEEE and leading owners of multifamily housing that are pledging to reduce energy consumption across their building portfolios by 20% within 10 years.”–Patrick Kiker

Turning Standard 189.1 into code

The District of Columbia has created new construction codes, mirroring ASHRAE Standard 189.1.

“The Green TAG met weekly over a period of six months, and while our primarily task focused on reviewing and proposing amendments to the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), we addressed ASHRAEStandard 189.1: Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED standards as well. The model code we delivered completed three rounds of public comments, and as of the writing of this article, its approval is pending a final vote by the D.C. Council. “–Kunze

ANSI IBR Portal

The standards will be available at the ANSI IBR Portal, which will offer free, read-only access. Thirteen major standards setters, including the ISO and International Electrotechnical Commission, have agreed to make their IBR standards directly available on the portal. Seven more standards bodies, including ASHRAE and Underwriters Laboratories, are using the portal to provide direct links to read-only versions of IBR standards”.