Trade jobs in general are really struggling to find talented individuals interested in the opportunities. The “dark and dangerous” stigma needs to start being overturned, and people need to realize the great success that can be found in industries like HVACR. That’s why HARDI, Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International, is working on a workforce recruitment initiative that includes a video project to highlight different people with different backgro...
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....
Ingersoll-Rand plc introduces its pure-play climate company, announcing the new company name, strategy and executive leadership team. The climate company will be named Trane Technologies plc, elevating its Trane® brand and celebrating the power of technological innovation. Trane Technologies will be a pioneer in climate control and is expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker ‘TT.’ Through its strategic brands, Trane® and Thermo King®, and portfol...
Johnson Controls broke ground on an expansion of its air-handling unit manufacturing facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The 22,000 square-foot expansion will create 40-50 new assembly jobs to boost production and the local economy. The facility, which manufactures both YORK and Miller-Picking brand systems, is increasing its footprint in response to the growing demand for custom air-handling units. Creating Attractive Employment Opportunities “We’re excited to start this projec...
AAON, Inc. a manufacturer of heating and cooling products, announces that it achieved Gold level in the 2019 Sustainable Tulsa Scor3card verification program. The company reported on cornerstone directives in the areas of Energy, Healthy Work Environment, Materials Management, Transportation, Water, Community Stewardship and Communications. AAON has focused on energy conservation and waste reduction. Advanced Lighting Control System One example of the company’s sustainability efforts is...
Ruskin introduces a new addition to its airfoil blade damper models. The Ruskin CD60SS is AMCA-certified for Class IA leakage resistance (three cubic feet per minute at one-inch water gauge), which meets the requirements of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The CD60SS is constructed from 304-grade stainless steel and designed for high performance in HVAC systems with velocity and pressures up to 4,000 feet per minute (fpm) velocity and 8-inch water gauge pressures. The CD60SS c...
Filtration Group- HVAC announces the launch of the Enduro-Pleat® X3, a line of tough pleated MERV 13 filters that save time and money. This new product stands up to the most demanding of HVAC applications while performing at a MERV 13 filtration efficiency, which is required for LEED certification and other specific industries. The new AEROSTAR® Enduro-Pleat X3 was engineered as the result of a specific end-user with a serious challenge. Filtration Group was contacted when standard MERV 13 pleated filters were not holding up in their demanding industrial HVAC system. Loss Of Valuable Production Time This met their air filtration system needs while keeping the plant running on a predictable schedule" The pleats were being exposed to very high levels of moisture and even direct loading from snow in some cases, which caused the standard pleated air filters to fail prematurely, causing the loss of valuable production time. Introducing the thicker and stronger beverage board frame from the standard MERV 8 Enduro-Pleat as well as a steel reinforcement frame made the new product more than able to stand up to this challenging application. “We listen to our customers very closely,” Al Longton, Vice President of Sales, said. “We knew from years of selling the MERV 8 Enduro-Pleat that there are certain applications where a standard pleat will not do, and a more durable product is needed. In this case, we were able to react quickly and deliver Enduro-Pleat level performance at a MERV 13 filtration efficiency. This met their air filtration system needs while keeping the plant running on a predictable schedule.” Improving Indoor Air Quality By using the high dust-holding MERV 13 media from our GreenPleat, the Enduro-Pleat X3 has energy consumption benefits as well. “The Enduro-Pleat X3 lasts longer than a standard MERV 8 pleat in most applications, allowing it to save on energy consumption, maintenance, and disposal costs,” Michael Bruce, Vice President of Marketing and Engineering, said. The Enduro-Pleat X3 checks 3 major boxes that customers are looking for – reduced total cost of ownership" “The Enduro-Pleat X3 checks 3 major boxes that customers are looking for – reduced total cost of ownership, improved Indoor Air Quality, and unmatched product toughness. The mix of overall performance aligns well with our overall mission of making the world safer, healthier and more productive.” The Enduro-Pleat X3 is manufactured in industry-standard sizes to fit all types of demanding HVAC installations. Developing Unparalleled Filtration Solutions Great for all applications with extreme rain and snow exposure, dry high dust environments, high flow-rate applications, and more! Filtration Group, an affiliate of Madison Industries, is making the world safer, healthier and more productive by creating innovative solutions that deliver outstanding customer value. With a passionate team, global footprint and leading technology, Filtration Group is driving innovation and developing unparalleled filtration solutions. Filtration Group serves a diverse set of customers with indoor air quality applications. One of the fastest-growing companies in the industry, we serve customers from 107 facilities in over 28 countries.
The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has launched its vision report; “Delivering Net Zero: A Roadmap for the Role of Heat Pumps”. The report outlines the heat pump industry’s commitment and readiness to step up to the challenge of delivering the necessary decarbonization of heat through the scaling up of heat pump deployment. The industry’s efforts to establish wide-scale deployment of heat pumps in the UK will be delivered through three key pillars: Putting the consumer at the heart of change Upskilling the installer base to create a cohort of highly skilled low-carbon heat installers Working with government to ensure a supportive policy mix heat pump technology Installers will play a vital role in raising awareness among potential customers The decarbonization of heat is a key priority following the government’s announcement that the UK will become the first major nation to commit to reaching a net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050. The report demonstrates the vast carbon savings that heat pumps can achieve immediately, that will be vital to avoiding the worst consequences of the climate crisis. The question of how we are going to decarbonize the heating of buildings in the future is of huge interest to designers, occupiers and installers. The roadmap presented in the report offers a large part of the answer to this. Emissions through the burning of fossil fuels will not fall unless low-carbon heating systems are attractive to consumers, either by improving comfort levels or saving them money. The vision report enforces a message to consumers that heat pump technology can help to address other policy issues such as fuel poverty and air quality. efficient low-carbon heating systems Installers will play a vital role in raising awareness among potential customers but there is an urgent need for trained and skilled technicians to be able to design, install and operate heat pump systems properly. Over the coming months, the HPA will work with other leading organizations to roll out a program of training that will take existing heating engineers through the whole process of designing, installing and maintaining efficient low-carbon heating systems. We want to re-emphasize the fact that heat pumps provide strong carbon savings" The report also calls for strong government leadership at both local and national levels and highlights the work the HPA carries out in consulting with all stakeholders to develop effective policy on the regulatory framework for the future of heating buildings to phase out high carbon fossil fuels. Net-zero carbon emissions Graham Wright, Chairman of the HPA, said: “The heating industry has been one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions and we now find ourselves at a pivotal moment as we look to decarbonize our heating supply. The HPA believes that there is a huge opportunity for the country to embrace heat pump technology at this time, and we want to re-emphasize the fact that heat pumps provide strong carbon savings now that will only increase further in the future." “However, the successful widespread adoption of heat pumps relies on the industry stepping up to help shape strong government policy, education and consumer acceptance. This report will act as a ‘roadmap’ in how we can achieve these goals and help the UK achieve the net-zero carbon emissions target.”
Johnson Controls announced that it closed an agreement to purchase the EasyIO Building and Energy Management System (BEMS) product line. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, EasyIO has operations in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The acquisition will create significant growth opportunities as Johnson Controls leverages the EasyIO products and team in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and APAC building automation markets, as well as the global HVAC and refrigeration markets. Building Automation Products “EasyIO provides a valuable addition to our already robust building automation system portfolio, which includes brands such as Metasys, Facility Explorer, Verasys and BCPro,” said James Burke, VP & GM BAS at Johnson Controls. “We look forward to bringing our collective customers new building automation products and services that create sustainable solutions.” “This is an exciting move for us,” said Mike Marston, Co-Owner, EasyIO. “With access to Johnson Controls resources, EasyIO will continue to bring to market even more new, innovative products.” IP-Based And Network-Ready Controllers Johnson Controls has more than 30 years of industry-leading expertise in building automation systems and has driven HVAC controls innovation for more than 130 years. The company provides building automation solutions for complex and light-commercial buildings. EasyIO’s product line includes IP-based and network-ready controllers, HMI products, peripherals, gateways and modems. The company serves the facility management market, including office buildings, utilities, industrial facilities, hotels, healthcare facilities, retail stores, residences and educational facilities. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
ARBS 2020, Australia’s only HVAC+R and building services exhibition, is surpassing all previous size records in Melbourne and is on track to equal exhibitor attendance for Sydney in 2018. Due to the massive response from exhibitors the allocated exhibition floor area, has been extended with a new acquisition of 1500m2 of extra space, seeing the exhibition floor space tally a whopping 18,000m2, a new record for Melbourne. This unprecedented demand for space has come from many long-term exhibitors including Daikin Australia, Beijer Ref Australia/ Kirby, Temperzone, Airefrig Australia, Mitsubishi Electric Australia and Panasonic who have all opted for larger and more impressive stands to display their ever-increasing product ranges. Visually Dynamic Stands Exhibitors at ARBS are finding more unique and inventive ways to broadcast their product and service offerings" To ensure they stand out in the crowd, exhibitors have said they will be going all out to attract visitors to their space, with larger and more visually dynamic stand designs expected feature at ARBS 2020. Kirby and Beijer Ref Australia, who are hosting one of the largest stands at 297m2, say they are planning a ‘showstopper presence’ at the exhibition. Furthermore, Kirby Marketing Manager, Brett Hedge, says “Our greatest strength lies in our people and they will be ready and eager to discuss our equipment and service offers.” Speaker Series And IBTech Insight Series Exhibition Manager, Sue Falcke, thanks all ARBS 2020 supporters, “ARBS truly is a product of its participants. Most of our exhibitors have been supporting ARBS since its inception in 1998 largely because they know ARBS presents a fantastic opportunity for exhibitors to communicate to the industry and their customers and to demonstrate their new technologies. Visitors will have access to the finest quality HVAC&R and built environment suppliers"Exhibitors at ARBS are finding more unique and inventive ways to broadcast their product and service offerings with stands for the 2020 exhibition already scaling new size barriers,” Falcke said. The exhibition opens in Melbourne on 19 May 2020 and will run over three full days affording visitors plenty of time to browse the exhibition and catch up on the latest developments. Visitors to ARBS 2020 can also attend events such as the highly anticipated Speaker Series and IBTech Insight Series and celebrate the talent which sustains the industry at the ARBS Industry Awards Gala Dinner. Networking Access To Industry Suppliers “Visitors are in for a bumper show and can expect to connect and network with industry leaders, peers and colleagues, whilst having unrivalled access to the finest quality HVAC&R and built environment suppliers in the southern hemisphere,” Falcke said. Save the date; ARBS 2020 will be held from 19-21 May at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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.
Could lack of ventilation impact the performance of students in the classroom? A study of ventilation and other HVAC issues in California classrooms raises the issue. According to the study by the University of California-Davis and the Berkeley National Laboratory, nearly 85 percent of HVAC systems recently installed in California K-12 schools do not provide adequate ventilation. Nearly 85 percent of HVAC systems recently installed in California K-12 schools do not provide adequate ventilation Students and teachers in improperly ventilated classrooms may be exposed to unhealthy levels of CO2 and volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde, given off from building materials and furniture. CO2 levels increase as students and teacher breathe out. The Study The study visited 10 classrooms at 11 schools during the 2016-2017 school year. The classrooms had been recently retrofitted with new HVAC units under the state’s Clean Energy Jobs Act program. Across 94 classrooms with valid data, average carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations indicate the classrooms were under-ventilated. Inadequate ventilation was found in classrooms at all grade levels. Field inspections identified problems with HVAC equipment, fan control and/or filter maintenance problems in 51% of classrooms. The study included 63 rooftop units (RTUs) and 41 wall-mount HVAC systems (used primarily in portable classrooms). Classrooms in the sample were also frequently too warm to support learning Classrooms in the sample were also frequently too warm to support learning: There were 23 out of 103 classrooms that had air temperature above 25.6°C (78°F) for more than 20% of school hours. Sixty percent were warmer than the recommended average maximum temperature of 73°F. What Does This Mean For The HVAC industry? The study suggests that better oversight of HVAC system installation and commissioning is needed to ensure adequate classroom ventilation. The HVAC system must be configured to continuously provide outdoor air when the classroom is occupied regardless of heating or cooling needs. Periodic testing of ventilation systems and/or continuous real-time CO2 monitoring (either as stand-alone monitors or incorporated into thermostats) is recommended to detect and correct ventilation problems. California’s Division of State Architect review process requires projects to meet the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. However, most replacement HVAC projects are exempt from the review process; rather, schools are required to make sure the systems are compliant. Schools are required to comply with 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Carbon dioxide detectors provide an inexpensive way to provide an alert if ventilation is too low Carbon dioxide detectors provide an inexpensive way to provide an alert if ventilation is too low. Only two of the 11 schools in the study used the devices. In general, it is more difficult to judge whether a room is getting enough ventilation, which is not easily perceived by people in the room. In contrast, high or low temperatures are obvious to occupants. Schooling and HVAC “There are nearly 1,000 school districts in California,” says Theresa Pistochini, engineering manager at the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center, as reported by The Sacramento Bee. “With limited resources, it is unrealistic to expect that school district personnel be adequately training to ensure compliance. Increased oversight of HVAC replacements, or other ways to address widespread inadequate ventilation in California classrooms, are needed, likely through state intervention.” About two-thirds of the classrooms were in permanent, site-constructed buildings. The rest were in relocatable or portable classrooms. The sample was weighted to lower grades, with 42 of the classrooms from seven schools serving grades K-3, and 43 classrooms from eight schools assigned to grades 4-8. Only nine of the 104 classrooms were occupied by upper grades (9-12), and 16 of those were from the two high schools. The study was published In the Building and Environment Journal.
The HVAC market in Europe is expected to show sustained growth in the upcoming years, but with variation among product segments. The decarbonisation strategies in Europe stimulate a strong demand for energy-efficient heating and cooling solutions. The heat pump market in particular has done exceptionally well, with double-digit growth for several years in a row. That’s the outlook from Eurovent, Europe’s Industry Association for Indoor Climate (HVAC), Process Cooling, and Food Cold Chain Technologies. Its members from throughout Europe represent more than 1,000 organisations, the majority small and medium-sized manufacturers. Eurovent's Outlook “The growth perspectives of the HVAC market depend partly on the fate of the economy,” says Mr. Francesco Scuderi, Deputy Secretary General and Head of Heating and Cooling at Eurovent. The erosion of multilateral trade relations has created uncertainty in the global economy, which is hampering investment. The issue most close to home for European businesses is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. The issue most close to home for European businesses is the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union McKinsey Global Institute’s recent global survey of company executives shows that 75% of companies expect to change their strategy due to trade tensions and 33% consider trade uncertainty to be their top concern. “This is a regrettable development,” says Scuderi. “At Eurovent, we have always stood for closer integration and the free movement of goods without unfair trade barriers.” Because of the climate, comfort cooling needs in Europe have typically been dwarfed by the demand for heating, he notes. Still today, more than 60% of the final energy consumption in EU households is attributable to space heating, whereas space cooling represents only a fraction of that according to the latest figures from Eurostat. Expansion Of The European AC Market Even so, the AC market in Europe has significantly expanded. The International Energy Agency estimates that the stock of installed equipment has grown from 44m units in 1990 to some 110m in 2019 and is expected to grow further still to an estimated 275m units by 2050. “While it is hard to gauge precisely the effects of climate change on the need for comfort cooling, more and more frequent extreme heat events have undoubtedly boosted AC sales in Europe, especially in recent years,” says Scuderi. Installed equipment has grown from 44m units in 1990 to some 110m in 2019 The big-picture trends in AC demand follow patterns of economic development, including improved electrification and increases in disposable income. The growth of AC sales in Europe is quite modest compared to the global trends, which have steepened as a result of rapid development in emerging economies like China, India, Brazil, Indonesia, and Mexico. However, whether additional income is spent to satisfy comfort cooling needs will always depend on climate. “A more interesting potential for the European market is the uptake of heat pumps for space heating purposes,” says Scuderi. “Although the heat pump market has experienced tremendous growth, it still accounts for only a small fraction of all space heating appliances in the EU. Greater acceptance for air conditioners as a heating solution will require educating the market on its advantages, and further strengthening incentive programmes. Although efficient solutions have significantly lower costs over the life cycle of the product, the cost at the point of purchase is usually higher.” Panels discuss the importance of the expansion of the European HVAC industry Energy Efficiency In the EU The European Union has made extensive efforts to decarbonise the economy through a set of important regulatory instruments. The foremost ones for the HVAC industry are the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, the F-Gas Regulation, and the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations. The European Union has made extensive efforts to decarbonise the economy Eurovent strongly supports these initiatives, says Scuderi. “They make the building engineering sector more sustainable, encourage the uptake of highly efficient products, and stimulate further innovation and investment in R&D activities. All of this ensures that the European HVAC industry has a role to play in the built environment of tomorrow. Already today, the most energy efficient equipment is marketed in the EU, and the European building stock is on track to become carbon neutral by 2050. We need to work together with our international partners to ensure that the best market-available technologies prevail in more vulnerable markets as well.” Based on objective and verifiable data, members of Eurovent account for a combined annual turnover of more than 30bn EUR, employing around 150,000 people within the association’s geographic area. This makes Eurovent one of the largest cross-regional industry committees of its kind. The organization’s activities are based on democratic decision-making principles, ensuring a level playing field for the entire industry independent from organization sizes or membership fees. Members of Eurovent account for a combined annual turnover of more than 30bn EUR, employing around 150,000 people within the association’s geographic area Who Are Eurovent? As one of the oldest industry associations, Eurovent looks back at more than 60 years of association history. Eurovent today is the result of the merger of the associations CECMA, the European Committee of Constructors of Air Handling Equipment, and CECOMAF, the European Committee of Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers, in June 1996. Eurovent’s Member Associations are major national sector associations from Europe that represent manufacturers in the area of Indoor Climate (HVAC), Process Cooling, Food Cold Chain, and Industrial Ventilation technologies. The more than 1,000 manufacturers within the network (Eurovent “Affiliated Manufacturers” and “Corresponding Members”) are represented in Eurovent activities in a democratic and transparent manner. Eurovent invites everyone to the 2020 EUROVENTSUMMIT, the next edition of Europe’s major gathering for Indoor Climate (HVAC), Process Cooling, and Food Cold Chain Technologies. The 2020 EUROVENTSUMMIT will take place between 22 and 25 September 2020 in Antalya, Turkey. The event will seek to build bridges between manufacturers and consultants, planners, installers, trade associations and policy makers, between Europe, the East and beyond, towards more sustainable and circular products, towards more socially and environmentally responsible industry.
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.
Johnson Controls will enhance classroom environments throughout three Tennessee school districts – a combined 22 schools – with projects estimated to be completed this fall. Updates throughout the districts will include infrastructure, energy management and water conservation strategies to address deferred maintenance and improve efficiencies. Energy Savings Performance The school districts partnering with Johnson Controls include Lake County School District in Tiptonville, Overton County School District in Livingston and Smith County School District in Carthage. The combined $7.7 million in improvements are enabled through Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) and Tennessee’s Energy Efficient Schools Initiative (EESI). These engagements will help fund project implementations using guaranteed savings to offset the cost of the upgrades. The HVAC unit provides air conditioning in a gym that previously had no temperature regulating systems Lake County School District’s $1.6 million in improvements include LED lighting, Wi-Fi thermostats, window and cooling tower replacements, and an HVAC rooftop unit above the district’s high school gymnasium, completed in May. The HVAC unit provides air conditioning in a gym that previously had no temperature regulating systems. Upon completion, Lake County will have realized more than $1.9 million dollars in energy, operations and maintenance savings, guaranteed over the 16-year agreement. The district also utilized a Tennessee Valley Authority incentive to fund electrical needs. Energy savings “Through our partnerships, we can help Lake County, Overton County and Smith County School Districts capture energy savings that can be reinvested to address deferred maintenance and improve district learning environments.” said, Ryan Ball, Performance Infrastructure Account Executive, Johnson Controls “For years, our gymnasium has been uncomfortable for classes and graduations. The installation of air conditioning is a monumental step towards improving the comfort and productivity of our learning environment for students and faculty,” said Sherry Darnell, Superintendent, Lake County Schools. Partnering with Johnson Controls “Partnering with Johnson Controls not only allowed us to make necessary infrastructure upgrades that will help enhance energy and operational efficiencies, but also to truly understand what implementations were vital for our unique needs and goals.” Overton County School District is implementing $2.9 million to improve its infrastructure, including the installation of HVAC rooftop units, LED lighting, energy management systems and water conservation methods, as well as boiler, pump and WSHP unit replacements. These upgrades will result in $3.5 million in energy, operations and maintenance savings, guaranteed over the 12-year agreement. The district can then reinvest these savings into additional curriculum upgrades for students, including Advanced’s STEM Program, to foster a more creative and productive learning environment. Energy management systems Smith County School District’s energy efficiency upgrades include LED lighting and energy management systems Smith County School District’s energy efficiency upgrades include LED lighting, water conservation methods and energy management systems. The $3.1 million in improvements will also be used to install access controls, in addition to the replacement of its cooling tower, boiler and pumps, WSHP unit and PTAC unit. These updates will help the district provide a more comfortable, efficient and safer learning environment for students and faculty. Upon completion, Smith County School District will have realized over $5.6 million dollars in energy, operations and maintenance savings over the 12-year agreement, allowing for these savings to be reinvested into additional student resources, including Advanced’s STEM Program. STEM Program “Through our partnerships, we can help Lake County, Overton County and Smith County School Districts capture energy savings that can be reinvested to address deferred maintenance and improve district learning environments,” said Ryan Ball, Performance Infrastructure account executive, Johnson Controls. “These improvements will help further the mission of each school and enhance student and faculty comfort and productivity.” Johnson Controls has a long history of working with K-12 schools and educators throughout North America to create environments that inspire and engage both students and faculty. Through Performance Infrastructure projects, we have helped 1,018 schools modernize equipment and building systems, improve infrastructure and energy spend, and address on-going maintenance needs.
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.
Southern California Edison recently presented a $1.85 million check – one of its largest incentive rebates to date – to leaders at the TowerJazz plant in Newport Beach, California. TowerJazz collaborated with Trane® to complete energy-saving upgrades at the facility, which reduced peak energy demand at the circuit-manufacturing plant by more than 1.3 megawatts, saving about 12.5 million kilowatt hours annually. This is equivalent to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from 2,000 cars. Manufacturing Integrated Circuits The project focused on modernizing TowerJazz’s chiller plant and replacing aging and outdated equipment The project focused on modernizing TowerJazz’s chiller plant and replacing aging and outdated equipment. The plant has more than 800 employees and fabricates 200-millimeter wafers (silicon material used in electronics for the manufacture of integrated circuits), in markets such as consumer, industrial, automotive, medical and aerospace and defense. Completed in November 2017, the upgrades reduced heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) energy use by nearly 50 percent while improving the manufacturing and working environment. The plant, previously the organization’s second-to-worst energy user, is now the second most efficient energy user. Selecting Energy Conservation Measures Before selecting energy conservation measures, the Trane and TowerJazz project teams used energy modeling to identify the best solutions for the facility. The Trane team worked carefully with personnel from various groups at the plant including facilities management, corporate finance and HVAC shop personnel to align all the stakeholders’ goals. Trane developed a detailed implementation plan to minimize any impact on the manufacturing environment Since the facility operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Trane developed a detailed implementation plan to minimize any impact on the manufacturing environment. During the upgrade, the project team added four new chillers, updated chiller plant optimization controls and upgraded the condensing water pump motors to help ensure that the building runs at peak performance. Creating A Better Environment “Because so many stakeholders were engaged, it’s been exciting to see the positive impact these improvements contributed to the overall environment,” said Jerry Kelley, facilities director at TowerJazz. “This project proved a true ‘win-win’ for TowerJazz,” said Michael Day, utility markets leader for Trane. “They created a better environment for both employees and manufacturing – all while significantly cutting energy costs.”
Auburn Community Hospital has completed an energy-efficient indoor comfort solution, which reduces the healthcare facility’s heating and air conditioning energy use by 50 percent and saves more than $220,000 in energy costs annually. The savings are reinvested in patient care. To achieve these results, the hospital collaborated with Trane®, a global provider of indoor comfort and energy services solutions and a brand of Ingersoll Rand®. Ensuring The Best Patient Experience Possible The Auburn Community Hospital has six operating rooms where surgeries are performed daily “The people of Auburn rely on the Auburn Community Hospital to provide quality, patient-centered care to everyone that walks in the door,” said Matt Chadderdon, vice president of communications for the hospital. “Improving the building’s air systems improves our bottom line, and increases comfort for patients and staff. We put the savings back into the hospital to ensure the best patient experience possible.” The Auburn Community Hospital has six operating rooms where surgeries are performed daily. Between the high volume of operations and the hospital’s legacy cooling equipment, the temperature and humidity in those operating rooms were less than optimal. Ensuring Performance Of The Air Handling Systems New chillers now generate cooler air more efficiently, and provide more consistent and comfortable temperature levels for patients and staff. The system also uses data to ensure the equipment runs as efficiently as possible. The new comfort solution reduces energy use by 50 percent by using water more efficiently than the legacy system. It also ensures performance of the air handling systems, which generate cooler, dryer air that is circulated throughout the building. In addition, energy usage is monitored, allowing the building manager to adjust the system to keep it running at top performance.