When it comes to business opportunities, the potential upside for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) solutions is huge. It’s expected to be a $15 billion market by 2022. Many technicians are unsure of how to best address air quality issues with homeowners, which can cause some HVAC companies to miss out on significant new revenues. The Resideo AirCycle Program is here to change everything – starting with the conversations that techs have with homeowners about their home’s air quality....
Staff of the Building Technologies Office (BTO), within the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, were pleased to attend the announcement of five new cooperative research and development agreements that Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has made with industry partners. The agreements will further advance DOE’s growing body of innovations that enhance the energy performance, sustainability, and safety of heating, air-conditionin...
Greenheck has added two new products to its automatic balancing damper (ABD) line. Model ABD-FD incorporates a UL 555 rated 1-1/2 or 3 hour static fire damper, flanged sleeve, an ABD and an optional factory-supplied grille. The entire ABD-FD assembly is UL rated and approved and can be used in both supply and exhaust applications. Ceiling radiation damper CRD-1WT, UL classified for wood truss floor/ceiling assemblies, now has ABD-FD the option to add an ABD mounted in the plenum box. auto...
The Big Ass Fans family continues to grow with a new acquisition. The high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) Fans Company is excited to announce Mechanical Sales, Inc. as the distributor of Big Ass Fans products for the design and new construction market in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma States in the US. BMI communication protocols Mechanical Sales Inc. has provided expertise in the global HVAC industry since 1967. The Mechanical Sales team consists of 25 engineers and more than 525 yea...
Members of the HVACR community reported a continued positive business outlook heading into 2020 in the latest AHR Expo and ASHRAE Journal Annual Economic Outlook Survey. The survey was distributed to past and prospective attendees, as well as industry manufacturers, to gauge the market leading into the new year. Additionally, for the first time, the 2020 report includes input on trends, issues and opportunities as outlined by representatives from industry associations regarding their respective...
Danfoss has entered into collaboration with Microsoft to bring domain expertise in Refrigeration and HVAC to the cloud. Through this collaboration customers will benefit from long-standing industry knowledge on a new platform powered by Microsoft Azure. The new cloud services will enable major savings, operational efficiency and can further increase sales effectiveness for Refrigeration and HVAC system owners and professionals. Accelerating digitalization with cloud-based services Danfoss ext...
A global coalition led by the Government of India, along with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), has announced the Finalists of the Global Cooling Prize, an international innovation competition to develop super-efficient and climate-friendly residential cooling solutions for homes. The competitors showcased technologies that reduce or eliminate refrigerants linked to climate change, advances that will be vital as the number of room air conditioners (RACs) nearly quadruples by 2050. Top air conditioner (AC) manufacturers Eight teams selected pitched technologies like evaporative cooling, and solid-state cooling tech The Finalist teams are led by some of the world’s largest air conditioner (AC) manufacturers, including Gree Electric Appliances Inc. of Zhuhai, Daikin AirConditioning India Private Ltd., and Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd.; start-ups and corporations, including S&S Design Startup Solution Pvt. Ltd., Transaera Inc., M2 Thermal Solutions, Kraton Corporation; and Barocal Ltd, a new spin-out from a University of Cambridge lab. The eight teams selected pitched a wide range of technologies, including smart hybrid designs of vapor-compression designs, evaporative cooling designs, and solid-state cooling technologies that use little or no global warming refrigerants. “It gives me immense satisfaction to say that we have received some absolutely revolutionary cooling ideas,’’ said Sir Richard Branson, Founder and CEO of the Virgin Group and global Ambassador for the Prize. “What makes this competition especially exciting is the market transformation opportunity. It could be one of the biggest technology-based steps we can take to arrest climate change. Congratulations to the finalists of the Global Cooling Prize. I look forward to following all of you on your journey to winning the Prize and scaling your solutions globally.” Room air conditioners (RACs) Population growth, urbanization, and rising income levels, compounded by a warming planet, are driving unprecedented growth in demand for comfort cooling globally from 1.2 billion room air conditioners (RACs) in the world today, to a projected 4.5 billion by 2050. Innovation and new technologies in the cooling industry are especially crucial for India. For the next three decades, three RACs will be sold in markets around the globe every second. Under the business-as-usual scenario, a recent report by the International Labor Organization (ILO), suggests that productivity losses to the global economy from heat stress could reach $2.4 trillion a year — equivalent to 80 million full-time jobs. Lost productivity from extreme heat in India alone could exceed $450 billion by 2030. Although a mere 7 percent of households in India own ACs, demand for comfort cooling is expected to drive the total stock to over 1 billion by 2050 — a 40-fold growth from 2016. Global coalition to accelerate clean energy innovation The Minister of Science and Technology, Government of India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, who awarded the finalists, said “Innovation is the foundation for development and growth. This important initiative aligns with the objectives of the India Cooling Action Plan that the Government of India officially released this year to bolster our R&D efforts in global climate leadership and strengthens our commitment to accelerate clean energy innovation as part of Mission Innovation’s international platform.” A global coalition led by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), renowned global research institute; and Mission Innovation — a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Union to accelerate global clean energy innovation — launched the Global Cooling Prize in November 2018 with the aim of spurring the development of a radically more efficient, climate-friendly residential cooling solution. Global Cooling Prize The initiative is also supported by Conservation X Labs and Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) The initiative is also supported by Conservation X Labs, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), and CEPT University, and a coalition of over 20 leading international non-profit organizations who have congratulated the Finalist teams through a special video, linked here. RMI Chief Executive Officer Jules Kortenhorst highlighted the critical climate threat the world faces from the booming demand for comfort cooling. “The Residential / Room AC industry represents a 60-billion-dollar market today and is set to grow to nearly four times that size by 2050.”, he said. “The Prize initiates an era of transformation and global innovation for the cooling industry. A breakthrough technology has the potential to prevent up to 75 gigatons (GT) of CO2-equivalent emissions by 2050, whilst providing affordable access to cooling in parts of the world where it is becoming a critical need.” Massive participation by global AC manufacturers Since the prize was launched, over 2,100 participant registrations from around the globe have been submitted by innovators, start-ups, research institutes, universities, and key industry manufacturers in over 95 countries. Of the registered entities, 445 teams submitted preliminary ideas and 139 teams from 31 countries followed through with a full Detailed Technical Application to the Prize. The finalists have been awarded US$200,000 each to develop and ship their prototypes to India for testing in the summer of 2020.The winner of the Global Cooling Prize will be announced in November of 2020 and awarded more than US$1 million in prize money.
The 2020 AHR Expo announced its full schedule of sessions for the 2020 Education Program, including more than 200 free seminars, new product and technology presentations, professional certifications and continuing education courses. Each year, the Education Program discusses some of HVACR’s biggest opportunities and challenges through a series of comprehensive, informative and industry-focused sessions hosted by leaders from every sector of the industry. This year, the AHR Expo will add a series of HVACR trend discussions led by members of the AHR Expo Expert Council. Latest Trends, Applications And Practices The Education Program adds a unique element of learning to the AHR Expo" The 2020 AHR Expo will be held February 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. “The Education Program adds a unique element of learning to the AHR Expo with the opportunity to hear directly from leaders within the HVACR industry about the latest trends, applications and practices,” said Mark Stevens, AHR Expo Show Manager. “The development of our session schedule is ongoing, and we take careful consideration of discussions happening across the industry to identify pain points, opportunities, trends, etc. where we might offer support and solutions through dedicated sessions. There is tremendous planning involved, internally with AHR Expo as well as from the speakers and sponsoring organizations, to deliver useful advice, perspectives and tools to advance as professionals in the industry.” Sessions Led By Industry Experts The 2020 Show features 76 free sessions led by industry experts working with leading organizations. Each session will range from one to two hours and will aim to deliver solutions to some of the HVACR industry’s most pressing challenges and exciting opportunities. Attendees are invited to attend general HVAC-related subjects as well as those specific to their sector of the industry and practice. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to download the MyShowPlanner App for iOS and Android to manage their Show and Education Program schedule. Details and instructions for downloading the 2020 AHR Expo App will be released closer to the Show and available on the AHR Expo website. Identify True Industry Trends Diverse perspectives from experts in all industry sectors is invaluable in capturing real insights" "In our daily work, it's easy to get tunnel vision. We often get so focused on what we see in our business that we lose touch with the rest of the industry," said Pam Duffy, P.E., owner of SparkOne Solutions and member of the AHR Expo Expert Council. "Having diverse perspectives from experts in all industry sectors is invaluable in capturing real insights. The AHR Expo Expert Council has offered guidance from real industry experts to identify true industry trends. I look forward to furthering these discussions as part of the 2020 Education Program." seminar session agenda Below are highlights for the 2020 AHR Expo’s free seminar session agenda: General Industry-wide Topics Global Trends in the HVACR Market, presented by BSRIA Ltd. HVAC as a Service - How Soon is Now?, presented by BACnet International Private Equity 101: What HVACR Founders Need to Know, presented by Women in HVACR Engineering Fundamentals of Test, Adjust, & Balance for Engineers, Cx & Energy Providers, presented by Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) Building for a Climate Emergency, presented by AutomatedBuildings.com Key Factors for a Successful Snowmelt Design, presented by Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) Contractor-focused HVAC Retrofit Paradigm Shift: First, Attack Distribution System; Second, Replace Equipment, presented by National Comfort Institute (NCI) Hydrocarbon Refrigerants, presented by RSES/RSES Journal Fundamentals of Working with Flammable Refrigerants, presented by the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) Specialized SMACNA HVAC Duct Construction Standards - Metal & Flexible, presented by SMACNA Fan Energy Index (FEI) as a Rating Metric and Design Tool, presented by Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc. (AMCA International) Cooling Tower and Water Treatment Fundamentals, presented by Cooling Technology Institute (CTI) Bilingual NAFA, Requerimientos de FiltraciÓn de Aire en Áresa Limpias, presented by National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) Industry Trend Pulling More Women into the Ranks of Smart Buildings Leadership, presented by AutomatedBuildings.com Marketing Trends in HVAC, presented by AHR Expo Expert Council Member Pam Duffy Applying Emotional Intelligence (E.Q.) to Strengthen Your Business Model and Customer Relationships, presented by AHR Expo Expert Council Member Karine Leblanc Professional Development Courses AHR Expo attendees have the opportunity to participate in professional development courses through ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) and short courses/professional development seminars approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that can apply toward maintaining P.E. licensure. Attendees are required to register and pay tuition fees in advance of the Show and can do so by visiting the ASHRAE registration website. Full-day courses account for six earned Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/Learning Units (LUs) or 0.6 CEUs. All half-day courses are awarded three accredited PDHs/AIA LUs. Topics cover a wide range of industry subjects, including the fundamentals of the commissioning process, complying with the requirements of ASHRAE standards, laboratory design basics and beyond, optimizing indoor environments and more. Course highlights include: Commissioning Authority (CxA) Workshop and Exam (2-days) NAFA CAFS Testing and 2-Hour Tutorial; NCT Testing ASHRAE Certification Exams New Product Announcements And Technologies Attendees are also encouraged to sit in on exhibitor presentations in the New Product & Technology Theater. More than 100 presentations lasting approximately 20 minutes each are planned across all three days of the Show. These free presentations are meant to provide attendees with brief overviews of new product announcements and technologies that can be found in exhibitor booths on the Show floor. Attendees are invited to follow up presentations with a visit to the booth for a more in-depth explanation and 1:1 interaction with products and representatives. These sessions are set to take place in special theaters right on the exhibit floor. No fee or registration is required. This year, four 2020 Innovation Award winners and seven finalists will present, including: Winners Danfoss (Green Building) Interplay Learning (Software) Infinitum Electric (Ventilation) Matelex (Tools & Instruments) Finalists Emerson (Heating) Sensirion, Inc. (IAQ) NIBCO INC. (Plumbing) BELIMO Americas (Building Automation) Smardt Chiller Group Inc. (Cooling) BCA Technologies, Inc. (Software) American Aldes (Ventilation) AHR Expo Education Program Attendees can view the complete schedule for the 2020 AHR Expo Education Program on the education section of the AHR Expo website. The MyShowPlanner tool is available to assist attendees in building personalized Show agendas.
LIXIL Americas, pioneer of water and housing products within the brands American Standard, GROHE and DXV brands, announced the promotion of Mark Bunting to Chief Financial Officer. Bunting will report directly to Adam Bryson, Chief Financial Officer, LIXIL International Ltd. “We’re thrilled to appoint Mark into his new role. He will make an immediate impact and will play an integral role on the LIXIL Americas’ Executive Team.” said Bryson. “Mark’s depth of industry, market, and business knowledge makes him a perfect fit to be our chief financial officer.” LIXIL Home Services Bunting brings 14 years of building product experience to the position, including six years at LIXIL Bunting brings 14 years of building product experience to the position, including six years at LIXIL. Bunting’s roles within Americas included vice president of financial planning and analysis and most recently vice president & managing director, portfolio development providing leadership to Amstan and Decorative Panels International (DPI) and served as CFO for LIXIL Home Services (LHS). Before joining the company, Bunting was the director of global and financial planning and analysis at Stanley Black & Decker where he led strategic planning and served as the primary interface for investor relations. Prior to Stanley Black & Decker, Bunting held various finance positions at multiple companies including Fortune Brands, General Electric and Hasbro. Bunting holds a B.A. in Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Water and housing products pioneer LIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve everyday, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere. American Standard is part of LIXIL, a globally renowned firm in housing and building materials products and services. DXV is part of LIXIL, a global provider of housing and building materials products and services. GROHE is a globally renowned supplier of sanitary fittings and a global brand, dedicated to providing innovative water products.
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) has submitted public comments to the Department of Energy, opposing mandates to replace non-condensing furnaces with condensing furnaces. The Department of Energy sought out input on imposing energy conservation standards that would make atmospherically vented (non-condensing) gas products, such as furnaces and water heaters unavailable, and asked for comments on the impact that a mandated switch to non-condensing products would have on consumers. Unique Installation Requirements Of Condensing Products ACCA highlighted that the industry does not oppose providing consumers the option to purchase condensing products In response to DOE’s request, ACCA highlighted that the industry does not oppose providing consumers the option to purchase condensing products. Rather, ACCA supports access to products that make financial sense for consumers and are practical for the buildings in which they live in. With a strong focus on the unique installation requirements of condensing products, ACCA noted that not all buildings can accommodate condensing products because they require special installation requirements and are often larger than non-condensing products. ACCA President and CEO Bart James stated, “Mandating a switch from non-condensing furnaces to more efficient condensing furnaces sounds good, but the reality is that these types of mandates could be a disservice to consumers. It doesn’t make sense to require people in warmer climates to purchase more expensive products that they use only a couple of days each year. There is no financial incentive or payback for these consumers.” Focussing On Quality Installation Practices James continued, “ACCA has been a leader on efficiency programs for decades and has advocated for a focus on quality installation practices, which are necessary for HVACR systems to operate efficiently. Government mandates that would outlaw non-condensing products drive consumers to low-ball contractors who are unable to properly install the condensing furnaces. ACCA supports options for consumers that enable them to make the best financial decision for their family and their efficiency goals.” The public comments were cosigned by American Public Gas Association, The American Gas Association, The National Propane Gas Association, The Natural Gas Supply Association, The National Association of Home Builders, The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association, The National Multifamily Housing Council, The National Apartment Association, The National Leased Housing Association, and The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform.
Whirlpool Corporation is among a distinguished group of companies included on the 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) North America Index – recognition of its longstanding commitment to sustainable business practices. Whirlpool Corporation has shown consecutive years of improvement in the Household Durables industry. In the past year, the company has continued to accelerate its progress toward the goal of zero waste to landfill and has strengthened its commitments to renewable energy. Among Fortune 500 companies it is one of the largest users of on-site wind energy in the U.S. 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices North America Index Our sustainability commitments and practices position Whirlpool for long-term success" “Whirlpool Corporation’s commitment to sustainability began half a century ago. Our inclusion on this list is an honor, and an incredibly important recognition of the progress we continue to make in our constant pursuit to improve lives at home,” said Ron Voglewede, director of global sustainability, Whirlpool Corporation. “Our sustainability commitments and practices position Whirlpool for long-term success, and we are proud of all we have achieved in developing more sustainable products, facilities and operations across our supply chain and plants.” In its 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report, Whirlpool Corporation announced progress toward its 30 percent absolute emission reduction goals from products and plants by 2025 against a 2005 baseline. These goals were set to exceed the reduction targets of the original U.S. commitments to the Paris Accord. The full sustainability report can be viewed here. SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment “We congratulate Whirlpool Corporation for being included in the DJSI North America,” said Manjit Jus, Head of ESG Ratings, RobecoSAM. “The SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment has again raised the bar in identifying those companies best-positioned to address future sustainability challenges and opportunities. This year – which marks the 20th anniversary of the DJSI – record corporate interest in the SAM CSA reflects the enduring relevance of the DJSI for measuring and advancing ESG practices.”
The AHR Expo is the world’s premier HVACR event, attracting thousands of attendees from across the globe and with more than 500,000 square feet of exhibit space featuring everything that is new in the industry. AHR Expo 2020 The AHR Expo 2020, to be held from February 3 - 5, 2020 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, is the industry’s annual opportunity to network with professionals from all roles within HVACR and to view the latest innovations, products and technologies. To register, visit the AHR Expo registration website. “This is the event for HVACR professionals to meet together under one roof for networking, exchanging ideas and to preview what’s ahead in the industry,” said Mark Stevens, AHR Expo Show Manager. State-of-the-art HVACR solutions on display Attendees can expect to explore areas of industry growth such as building automation and control technologies Mark adds, “Professionals from all areas of HVACR have an exclusive opportunity to gain real insight into what’s coming in the next year and what’s being planned for the future of the industry. HVACR is at the center of big change on a global scale and is a topic of discussion in many external industries as well —it’s an exciting time for the industry and the Show floor is a great place to experience the inspiration.” Each year, exhibitors display new solutions serving every facet of HVACR, ranging from highly efficient equipment to sophisticated whole building management systems. Attendees can expect to explore areas of industry growth such as building automation and control technologies, as well as solutions and equipment relating to alternative heating and cooling methods, time-saving tools and instruments, and other innovations that support a more efficient job site. Previewing new-to-market products Attendees can anticipate previewing new-to-market products and a full range of solutions and are encouraged to take advantage of the unique opportunity to interact one-on-one with the professionals developing them. To maximize the show’s experience, visitors should search the directory of exhibitors to view product categories and more in-depth information on exhibiting companies. HVACR products and solutions to be featured on the show floor: A smart thermostat designed for ductless air conditioners that connects to Wi-Fi for a full range of on-device local controls Small footprint fluid pumps that maintain high-performance demands of 10 to 35 GPM AC, DC and EC fans and pumps used across multiple applications A copper press adapter, made from lead-free brass to meet local and national potable plumbing codes, that allows for efficient connection of PEX piping to copper piping systems A pre-packaged variable frequency drive solution for variable torque pump and fan applications in commercial buildings and facilities ideal for healthcare, education, retail, hospitality and manufacturing Packaged pump systems designed to remove dirt, sand, silt, precipitates and suspended solids from process fluids and increase overall system efficiencies while decreasing operating costs A self-contained portable commercial and industrial spot cooler/heat pump with remote monitoring connectivity for real-time status monitoring, setting control, machine run times and error reporting A vertical stack water source heat pump ideal for high-performance buildings to provide maximum comfort and performance to end-users as well as flexibility for engineers and architects A hybrid fluid cooler that adapts plug-and-play operation for optimization of both water and energy savings at 40% and 50% respectively A refrigerant designed as an R-22 replacement solution that not only maintains capacity in R-22 existing systems, but also increases efficiency by 15% on average A specialty coating that is UV stable, non-conductive and maintains flexibility allowing for expansion and contraction of metals designed to protect systems, coils, cabinets and PCB equipment in salt air environments Duct insulation designed without mineral fiber or fiberglass preventing mold, mildew and fungi growth and requires no protective equipment or specialty clothing for install A cloud-based system specifically designed as an energy saving solution for variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems that works by monitoring electricity consumption in real-time to provide analysis of collected data to create an operation sequence for energy and cost savings Specially designed small footprint, quiet and efficient electric motors that utilize printed circuit board (PCB) to replace conventional windings, are embedded with IoT circuitry and are ideal for a wide range of HVAC applications including fans, blowers, condensing units, pumps and compressors Inline flow sensors with automatic glycol compensation algorithms to select correct fluid properties for flow and energy calculation calibrated to achieve ±0.5% repeatability without drift A condensate neutralizer that neutralizes acidic fluid as a by-product of combustion to non-harmful levels, preventing corrosion of drains and sewer systems that can negatively impact the environment A BACnet or Modbus output designed gas detection instrument used to communicate with a BAS and pre-calibrated, plug-and-play smart sensor replacement at end of life A heat exchanger designed for the gas cooler, condenser, evaporator and economizer in R744 heat pump and refrigeration systems Data resources that provide an unbiased cross-reference and model number database designed to locate replacement HVACR parts A freeze control board that prevents evaporator coils from freezing as well as prevents problems caused by freezing such as mold, mildew, carbon dioxide, flooding and property damage associated with melting ice A condition-based monitoring software platform that uses variable frequency drives as a smart sensor to monitor motor and applications for early issue detection and solution recovery without the need for PLC hardware A specialty device designed to combine four critical functions including hydraulic separation, air separation, dirt separation and ferrous impurity separation to maintain the health of water-based solutions within hydronic systems Cloud-based service software that enables contractors to move to paperless business operation while controlling costs through inventory management and automated inventory replenishment Service management software that allows businesses to streamline operations and equip technicians with necessary tools to close deals on the job via automated service agreements, and to dispatch technicians, accept payments, and gain insight on performance A ductless heat pump with built-in air and surface purification technology A scale reduction system that protects water heaters from limescale build-up that works without the need for power supply, batteries, chemicals or filters HEPA filtration technology product integrations that satisfy IAQ requirements including hospital, medical and other sensitive environments A probe instrument that allows technicians to test a motor for induced currents caused by VFD to minimize costly downtime and extend the life of system motors Blower coil solutions for improved IAQ that allow for fast installation in both horizontal and vertical installations and HDY/VDY features and benefits such as energy efficiency and quieter operation
There is a gap between how buildings are designed and how they operate. For one thing, designers may not be focused on operability during the design process. Secondly, technology is playing a greater role in more complex buildings today, but it may not perform to expectations. These were among the observations by Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng. ASHRAE’s 2019-2020 President, at a luncheon address at the 2019 Annual Conference. Importance of data security “Technology is not evil,” Boyce said. “We can have unrealistic expectations, and technology can be misused.” Additionally, technology can provide a large amount of data/information that can be overwhelming to control technicians. “Operators are being overwhelmed,” said Boyce. “Generally, they do not have the skills to operate today’s buildings and are not properly trained. At building turnover, operators are rarely properly oriented.” Green buildings When green buildings do not operate as intended, the result is ‘performance slippage’When green buildings do not operate as intended, the result is ‘performance slippage’ – the energy consumption is much higher than modeled targets. This can be because buildings were designed with systems that are beyond the capacity of building managers to operate. It could be that systems are complex and require several years to refine and understand. Finally, there is a correlation between performance and level of commissioning. One solution Boyce suggests is to include a building operations team representative throughout the design process. “The design should reflect the capabilities of the people operating the building,” says Boyce. “As a result, we will not be leaving operators wondering ‘How do I make this work?’” An effective turnover and orientation training process are critical. Building automation Boyce said ASHRAE should work with building owner-operator organizations to develop strategies to prepare the operators to effectively operate the building through enhanced training and effective use of building automation and analytical and other operational tools. “We should also engage with building operators at the Chapter and Society level to improve our understanding of their problems and develop educational and training programs to reduce the gap between design, construction and operations,” Boyce said. Facilities management “Facilities management must adopt technology more quickly and far more deeply,” he added. “It must move beyond technology to monitor space utilization and energy consumption. And we need to focus on using technology, data and analytics to enhance the workplace experience.” ASHARE is the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, a professional association seeking to advance HVAC&R systems design and construction. It has more than 57,000 members in 132 countries. ‘Building for People & Performance - Operational Excellence’ The theme focuses on overcoming the challenges associated with the efficient operationDuring his inaugural presidential address, Boyce announced the Society theme will be ‘Building for People & Performance - Achieving Operational Excellence’. The theme focuses on overcoming the challenges associated with the efficient operation and performance of buildings. “People must succeed within the buildings we create,” says Boyce. “ASHRAE is committed to preparing building professionals through learning opportunities, engagement and adopting better practices. These are the steps needed to achieve effective operational performance and operator experience.” Boyce is special advisor to the vice-president (Finance and Administration) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
A key deadline for phasing out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) from residential air conditioning systems is less than a year away. Jan. 1, 2020, is the deadline after which there will be no U.S. production or import of HCFC-142b and HCFC-22 (also called R-22). The deadline is part of an incremental phazeout of HCFC consumption and production based on the U.S. commitment in the 1997 Montreal Protocol aimed at protecting stratospheric ozone. Section 605 of the Clean Air Act establishes phazeout targets for the chemicals. The phazeout will be complete in 2030, after which time there will be no production or import of any HCFCs. HCFC-142b retrofit refrigerant HCFC-142b is used in small quantities in refrigerant blends and as a retrofit refrigerant in motor vehicle ACs HCFC-142b is used in small quantities in refrigerant blends and as a retrofit refrigerant in motor vehicle air conditioners that previously used chloroflurococarbons (CFCs), which were eliminated in the mid-1990s for their potential to deplete the ozone layer. HCFC-22 is the most commonly used refrigerant in applications such as unitary air conditioners, cold storage, retail food refrigeration equipment, chillers and industrial process refrigeration. Any air conditioner or heat pump manufactured before 2010 likely uses HCFC-22 refrigerant. Hydrochlorofluorocarbons in air conditioning systems On Jan. 1, 2020, U.S. production or import of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b will not be permitted in the United States. After this happens, only recycled/reclaimed or stockpiled quantities of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b will be available for servicing existing equipment, and they will likely be more expensive. These substances have been in the process of being phazed out since 2015, when supplies were reduced by 90 percent. Since 2010, HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b have been available exclusively for use to service existing equipment. There are several non-ozone-depleting alternatives to HCFC-22. They include R-134a and R-410A, which can be used in a new installation; and R-407C and R-407A, which can be used in a new or a retrofit installation. The most common alternative is R-410A, which is manufactured and sold under various trade names such as GENTRON AZ-20, SUVA 410A, and PURON. Significant New Alternatives Policy SNAP (Significant New Alternatives Policy) was established by the U.S. Clean Air Act to identify and evaluate substitutes for ozone-depleting substances. The program looks at overall risks to human health and the environment of existing and new substitutes, publishes lists and promotes the use of acceptable substances, and provides the public with information. EPA reviews alternative refrigerants and maintains a list of acceptable substitutes for household and light commercial air conditioning. For the last 25 years, the air conditioning and refrigeration industry has been working to reduce its use of CFC refrigerants, which are no longer available on new equipment. The industry has used alternative refrigerants and achieved higher efficiency ratings to achieve the goals. CFC refrigerants Long life of AC equipment has extended the continuing use of CFC refrigerants by existing equipment However, the long useful life of air conditioning equipment has extended the continuing use of CFC refrigerants by existing equipment. Green building groups have supported legislative action to reduce federal depreciation schedules for this equipment, which would accelerate the replacement of older equipment and hasten the total elimination of CFC refrigerant use. The HEAT Act, which Congress passed in 2017 as part of the landmark Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, reduced commercial HVAC expensing from 39 years to immediate (zero years). Phazing out ozone-depleting refrigerants The European Union is also committed to protecting the ozone layer and has some of the strictest regulations in the world. Since 2010, there has been a ban on the use of “virgin” HCFCs to service and maintain refrigeration and air conditioning equipment; use of reclaimed or recycled HCFCs for service or maintenance has been banned since 2015.
AAON, Inc., global manufacturer of heating and cooling products, has selected Sospes’ EHS management software as its environmental, health and safety platform partner for its operations in Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. AAON products are regularly recognized as industry-leading, most recently winning awards in July 2019 for excellence in product design in the 16th annual Dealer Design Awards Program. Sospes’ EHS management software Sospes’ EHS software improves communication between workers and their companies Sospes’ EHS software improves communication between workers and their companies, creating a collaborative environment for improving safety and productivity. “As a leading manufacturer of HVAC equipment, safety is a priority for AAON. Our company has continued to experience rapid growth over the last several years, and we recognized that our safety programs need to keep up with the rest of our growth,” said Scott Asbjornson, AAON Chief Financial Officer. “This software will allow us to be more efficient, and we look forward to working with Sospes and their innovative approach to safety management.” Safety management “AAON is a remarkable manufacturing success story, and like any manufacturing operation, their employees are faced with workplace hazards,” said Tom Carson, President of Sospes. “We are proud to have been selected as their partner in safety management and look forward to supporting their commitment to worker safety and continuous process improvement.” AAON is engaged in the engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sale of air conditioning and heating equipment consisting of standard, semi-custom and custom rooftop units, chillers, packaged outdoor mechanical rooms, air handling units, condensing units, makeup air units, energy recovery units, geothermal/water-source heat pumps, coils, and controls. Data analytics and task management Sospes’ award-winning EHS management software makes organizations better by engaging employees with easy incident reporting, accountable task management and powerful data analytics, all within a single integrated mobile application.
Carmarthenshire-based food wholesaler Castell Howell has become one of Carrier Transicold’s first UK customers to take delivery of the Vector® HE 19 (High Efficiency), the company’s new flagship trailer refrigeration unit. The new arrival forms part of a larger order of Carrier Transicold systems all aimed at lowering the carbon footprint of the company’s commercial vehicle fleet: Carrier Transicold is a part of Carrier, a global provider of innovative HVAC, refrigeration, fire, security and building automation technologies. Engineless Refrigeration Solution The new Vector HE 19 MT (multi-temperature) is mounted to a 13.6-metre double deck trailer – the company’s third – which are all manufactured by Gray & Adams and cooled by Carrier Transicold. It’s always very exciting to be at the forefront of new technology in our industry" As part of Castell Howell’s continuing sustainability drive, six new 15-tonne DAF LF rigid trucks, fitted with Solomon bodies and Carrier Transicold ICELAND TWINCOOL refrigeration systems, will enter service later in the year. The new vehicles represent Castell Howell’s first use of Carrier Transicold’s engineless refrigeration solution. “It’s always very exciting to be at the forefront of new technology in our industry,” said Martin Jones, director of transport operations, Castell Howell. Next-Generation Vector Unit “So getting the opportunity to be one of the first companies to use the next-generation Vector unit was obviously something we jumped at. We’ve been specifying Carrier Transicold equipment for close to 30 years, so we had absolutely no doubt the new Vector would match up to the high standards we have come to expect. Alongside the engineless options for the new rigids, it really was the next logical step for the fleet.” The new Vector HE 19’s ultra-modern re-design includes significantly redeveloped internal architecture that cuts fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent, alongside a 10 per cent saving in weight and a noise reduction of 3 dB(A) – which to the human ear equates to a 50 per cent reduction in noise – as well as up to 15 per cent savings on maintenance costs. Lower Running Costs Castell Howell’s six new rigid trucks will also be joined by two new 7.2-tonne Iveco Daily light commercial vehicles “Our trailers operate on intense trunking routes all year round, so the ability to lower running costs across the total life of the unit was a huge draw for us. The reduction in fuel, weight and maintenance costs will all add up to significant savings over time. On top of that, it’s so quiet we have to keep checking it’s not actually on standby!” added Jones. Castell Howell’s six new rigid trucks will also be joined by two new 7.2-tonne Iveco Daily light commercial vehicles, each mounted with Carrier Transicold’s light-weight Pulsor® 600 MT. The new vehicles comprise a mix of additions and replacements to Castell Howell’s 150-strong commercial vehicle fleet. The double deck trailer is expected to cover around 60,000 miles a year, with the new rigid trucks covering close to 40,000 miles on their intensive multi-drop routes. Castell Howell was founded in 1988 and has established itself as Wales’ largest independent wholesaler. Its fleet transports a range of ambient, chilled and frozen products across Wales and the south west of England.
The Convention Center is one of the most important works done in the last years in the City of Buenos Aires. It has a total capacity of approximately 5,000 people, with a plenary room and an auxiliary room, offices, meeting rooms and a 1,600 m² lobby. It consists of three underground levels to extend the landscape of the property between the University, Faculty of Law, and Thays Park. In total, it has an outdoor park of 18 thousand square meters. Preserving Green Space In addition to preserving green space and old trees, the center has a strong focus on sustainability, thanks to big windows and LED lighting to save energy, rainwater collection and solar panels. Even the HVAC system has been designed in a highly sustainable way. As the building is fully underground it is not affected by external thermal loads during the day. Furthermore, the green covering provides insulation on the roof from solar radiation, keeping internal temperature stable all year round. To guarantee the best internal comfort even during the most crowded events, the HVAC plant designer has conceived an air conditioning system based on Climaveneta branded units: 1 ERACS2-Q/CA 2222 multi-purpose heat pump and 1 FOCS2/K 6903 chiller, to produce hot and cold water for the 11 Wizard Air Handling Units.
With 30 years of experience in PET containers solutions, SIPA has acquired considerable expertise in all available bottle manufacturing and filling technologies, from preforms to finished products, for the food and beverage, chemical products, cosmetics, detergents, and pharmaceutical sectors. Headquartered in Italy, SIPA has 16 sales branches and 4 production plants (2 in Italy, 1 in Romania, and 1 in China). SIPA’s mission is to offer cutting edge technological solutions able to solve their customers’ needs more efficiently and more profitably. In addition to providing innovative solutions, SIPA is also focused on sustainability both in terms of their products and their production process. Necessary Temperature Levels Therefore, when it came time to update their air-conditioning system for their Treviso plant, they wanted a system that could guarantee the necessary temperature levels, while being as efficient as possible to reduce CO2 emissions. The M&E consultant chose a Climaveneta branded free-cooling chiller, FX-FC/NG/T+ 2202 as free-cooling units capitalize on the energy of external air temperatures to cut operating costs and efficiently manage diverse building cooling requirements. With an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 3.14 and a total free cooling temperature of 2°, the chiller pushes the limits of free-cooling technology. The unit was also supplied with the No Glycol option, which is an innovative solution with a heat exchanger and pump that allows the unit to work without glycol.
Mitsubishi Electric Hydronics & IT Cooling Systems, through its brand Climaveneta, has supplied the HVAC system for the Euphoria Resort. The resort, with over 280 rooms, 3 restaurants, a gym, and various common areas, is located on shores of Kolymbari, 23 km west of Chania, Crete and 30 minutes away from Chania International Airport. Euphoria is a premium all-inclusive family resort provides high-quality infrastructure and hospitality services for its guests, including several dining options, a unique 2 level spa, and water park and mini club for children. Efficient HVAC System The FOCS units are designed to meet the most stringent noise-emission demands Well-being and comfort are the cornerstones of the Euphoria Resort, therefore ‘Dramilarakis G. Malliarakis Z. G.P. – RACS’ with the assistance of Delta Techniki, distributor of the Climaveneta brand in Greece, had to conduct various studies to ensure perfect comfort in terms of air quality, humidity, and temperature as well as energy efficiency for the HVAC system. Given the proven experience in supplying air conditioning systems to luxury hotels, a HVAC solution based on Climaveneta units was chosen, specifically, 2 FOCS water source chillers with screw compressors, 2 FOCS-WNR heat pumps with total heat recovery, and 2 EW-HT heat pumps for the production of domestic hot water (up to 75°C). Integrated Controls Noise level is a critical factor for water condensed units, which are usually installed indoor, the FOCS units are designed to meet the most stringent noise-emission demands. While the EW-HT makes it possible to have a very high temperature source without a gas burner, or electric heaters, which means no gas network or oversized electric connection are needed. In addition, 6 Climaveneta WIZARD Air Handling Units, with integrated controls, have been supplied to complete the efficient HVAC system of this project.