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ASHRAE 90.1 is a US standard that provides minimum requirements for energy efficient designs for buildings except for low-rise residential buildings. The original standard, ASHRAE 90, was published in 1975. There have been multiple editions to it since. In 1999, the Board of Directors for ASHRAE voted to place the standard on continuous maintenance, based on rapid changes in energy technology and energy prices. This allows it to be updated multiple times in a year. The standard was re-named ASHRAE 90.1 in 2001. It has since been updated in 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013 to reflect newer and more efficient technologies. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 11, 2017
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Interest and advocacy of Passive House standards is surging globally. Passive House building standards are continuously cited by governments across Europe and North America as a vitally important for delivering the carbon emissions reductions required by the Paris Climate Agreement and are uniquely equipped to adapt contemporary life to the demands of a warming planet. Through a combination of innovative design approaches and technologies, Passive House standards have been shown to reduce building heating and cooling energy consumption by up to 90%, all while maintaining a comfortable, healthy and consistent year-round indoor air environment. As the number of Passive House Certified buildings continues to expand rapidly, it has never been more important for professionals and practitioners working on energy efficiency initiatives, high performance buildings and renewables to become familiar with techniques and materials, not to mention one another. This year’s conference recognizes the challenges facing energy efficient and environmentally responsible buildings, and calls on practitioners of every kind to come together to maintain our momentum. Our goal is as ambitious as it is necessary: where federal agencies will not take the lead on climate change and greenhouse gas reductions, the market must. Presentations and panel discussions will provide a comprehensive look at the Passive House building standard through expert testimonials and evaluations. Notable organizations representated at this year’s conference include The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Passive House Institute (PHI), and many more. NYPH17: Towards Market Transformation will be held on June 16th, 2017 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011. For a complete schedule of speakers and topics or to register, visit nypassivehouse.org/new-york-passive-house-conference.


News Article | May 15, 2017
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The Mid-Atlantic Precast Association (MAPA) recently announced that one of its producers, High Concrete Group, has received industry honors for an office building project in Philadelphia, PA. The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) presented High Concrete with two awards, including the 2016 Design Award: Best Office Building and the 2016 Design Award Specials: Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award. Both honors were for their four-story office building project at 1200 Intrepid Avenue in the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. The project proves that precast concrete enables the most innovative architectural designs while providing a highly energy-efficient and durable envelope. PROJECT OVERVIEW The building was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), a Danish architectural firm that has long relied on precast to achieve form and function in their designs. “We came very quickly to the idea that precast concrete would be a great way to achieve our goals on this project,” says Kai-Uwe Bergmann, principal at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the architect on the project. One of the most prominent features of the building is the white precast concrete façade, which dips dramatically away from the walkway along the eastern edge, then tips back out again, much like the buildings in a Dr. Seuss story. “One of the key design challenges was to create that curved façade from precast panels,” says David Bosch, design team leader for High Concrete Group, the precaster on the project and one of MAPA’s producers. The curved load-bearing design was achieved by assembling flat, traditional precast concrete panels to form a complex faceted geometry. An interlocking structural system was embedded within the panels to eliminate the need for traditional precast concrete spandrel panels. “The resulting façade creates an aesthetic versatility that is unique to the project,” Bosch says. The design breaks away from traditional architecture to better engage with the local surroundings, says Bergmann. “In many cases, architects design big, boxy buildings that could be placed anywhere and don’t connect directly to the site.” He argues that the curved white façade, and deeply reflective windows in this design were inspired by the city’s rectangular city blocks and the adjacent circular park that sits just in front of the building. It also echoes the geometries of maritime architecture and nearby waterway. “You would really be hard-pressed to place this building anywhere else other than where it is, due to how it connects,” Bergmann says. “We like to think about a building beyond its borders and look at how it interacts with its neighbors and the open spaces around.” PRECAST SOLUTION Along with being visually inviting, the owners wanted the building to achieve LEED Gold certification, which led to several sustainability measures enabled by the use of precast concrete. The thermal benefits of the precast façade lowered projected heating and cooling costs, contributing 7 of the 60 total LEED points for overall energy performance. The panels were also created using local raw materials and recycled content less than 60 miles from the project site, minimizing the greenhouse gas emissions related to transport and adding more LEED points to the total. “While the concrete production requires a larger carbon footprint initially, it is a material that will have a long life span and can be recycled if needed,” Bosch adds. Finally, the precast concrete façade solved the fact that the building’s steel structure was designed to carry only lateral loads, which meant the precast concrete façade had to transfer the gravity loads directly through the precast concrete panels to the foundations. To achieve this, the engineers designed a structural steel system embedded into the precast concrete panels. Pockets were formed into alternating panels at the spandrel level to allow the interlocking of each panel during installation. “All the gravity loads are transferred from any given panel to the adjacent panel on either side until they reach the foundation,” Bosch explains. “In order to prevent a progressive collapse in the event that one connection should happen to fail, each panel also has a safety backup connection.” For video content and a project photo gallery, visit the 1200 Intrepid Project Profile on the MAPA website. PROJECT AT-A-GLANCE Location: 1200 Intrepid Avenue in the Navy Yard (Philadelphia, PA) Precast Producer & Precast Specialty Engineer: High Concrete Group (Denver, PA) Owner: Liberty Property Trust (Philadelphia, PA) Architect: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (New York, NY) Engineer of Record: Environetics (Philadelphia, PA) Contractor: Turner Construction Company (Philadelphia, PA) Project Cost: $19,017,393 Square Footage: 99,450 sq. ft. precast concrete façade for four-story building in Navy Yards of Philadelphia Architectural Precast Elements: Include 421 architectural precast concrete panels at an average nominal size of 5 ft. x 18 ft. LEED: The façade is 30% more efficient than the baseline ASHRAE assembly, contributing to the LEED Gold certification. ABOUT MID-ATLANTIC PRECAST ASSOCIATION The Mid-Atlantic Precast Association (MAPA) is a professional marketing organization committed to the growth and greater profitability of the Precast Industry in the Mid-Atlantic region. Founded in 1978, MAPA is comprised of 13 prestressed/precast producer member firms located throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. The organization is closely associated with the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and has over 50 associate member companies that produce a variety of concrete industry related products. For more information, visit http://www.mapaprecast.org.


News Article | May 17, 2017
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"Having high-caliber investors and advisors join us in our growth is extremely exciting," said Peter Capuciati, Founder and Chairman of Bluon Energy. "These partnerships are central to helping businesses, facility owners and ultimately home owners everywhere understand the enormous savings and environmental benefit they can achieve with our refrigerant and approach. We are also pleased to welcome Leo to our team, as his efforts to make a difference in fighting climate change and bringing awareness to potential solutions are very much in line with our mission." According to estimates by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations, HVAC-R equipment consumes approximately 40 percent of all electricity both domestically and globally, so utilizing a more energy-efficient refrigerant is cost-effective and beneficial for both the user and the environment. "Electricity generation is a primary driver of carbon emissions, and it is contributing greatly to our planet's growing climate crisis," said Leonardo DiCaprio. "We need to work across all sectors of our consumption to ensure the development of energy-efficient products that will help reduce emissions. Bluon is at the forefront of tackling energy efficiency in our existing heating and air conditioning infrastructure which makes their approach an immediate part of the solution." With Bluon TdX 20, a commercial facility can implement a sustainable and practical solution to the impending R-22 phase-out by making an immediate, sizeable impact of reducing emissions without purchasing new equipment. In addition, with R-22 prices continuing to rise, Bluon TdX 20 is substantially less expensive, enabling facilities to save on maintenance and energy costs, while benefiting the environment. In addition to new investors, Bluon announced today that they are joining the New Energy Opportunities (NEO) Network, a collaborative online platform managed by Schneider Electric that will connect Bluon with commercial and industrial companies actively looking for energy efficiency and sustainability solutions. "If we can make our existing heating and cooling systems more efficient, then we will drastically reduce the level of global emissions. This is a critical task if we are serious about tackling the underlying cause of climate change," continued Mr. DiCaprio." Bluon TdX 20 allows end-users the ability to cost-effectively reduce the electricity consumed by their HVAC-R equipment by up to 25 percent while simultaneously removing R-22, which is being phased out due to its negative environmental impacts.  In addition, Bluon offers commercial real estate owners and large corporate clients a turnkey solution to upgrade and optimize their HVAC-R equipment with TdX 20. "The numbers are significant," said Bluon CEO, Douglas Reinke. "If you take a typical three story, 100,000 square foot office building, we can swap out their R-22 with less expensive Bluon TdX 20 and reduce their carbon footprint by more than 100 metric tons of CO2 every year while simultaneously saving the facility tens of thousands of dollars in electricity costs per year." Bluon Energy was founded in 2011 to create an R-22 replacement refrigerant that increases energy efficiency and extends the life of existing HVAC-R equipment.  TdX 20 was developed empirically and iteratively with hundreds of formulas field tested to allow Bluon to create a unique energy efficient product from the ground up.  Bluon TdX 20 is now also known by its internationally recognized ASHRAE designation R-458A.  In order to ensure efficiency is maximized with TdX 20 installations, Bluon mandates training for their affiliated mechanical contractors where they teach the Bluon Mindset, where tuning and optimization are the focus. Bluon Energy is located in Sacramento, CA with sales and technical professionals across the country. For more information, please visit www.bluonenergy.com. Bionatus, LLC, focuses on developing breakthrough scientific discoveries into successful end-stage businesses with significant global impact. Occupying a unique role as both the founders and co-executives of its portfolio companies, Bionatus provides strategic and business development oversight while maintaining guiding principles that are rooted in delivering technologies that benefit humanity and the environment. Bionatus, LLC, is on track to become a certified Benefit Corporation.  Please visit www.bionatusllc.com As a family owned and operated business founded in 1978, CACC has now grown into the most prestigious full mechanical contracting firm in California. CACC specializes in commercial HVAC, tenant improvement, plumbing, industrial, service, and sustainability. In addition to being a full mechanical, CACC performs all operations, manufacturing, and services in-house. This ensures all of CACC projects are completed with the highest possible quality on time and on budget. CACC continually aims to be the most prestigious, trusted, and client-first mechanical contractor in California.  Please visit www.controlac.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bluon-energy-announces-investors-strategic-partnerships-300459266.html


GARDEN GROVE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing engineering, construction, operations and energy service solutions, recently named Payman Farrokhyar Southern California Division Leader. Replacing Mr. Farrokhyar in his previous position, Travis Fletcher has been selected as Southern California Branch Manager of Envise, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southland. With a goal of customizing an experience for each client in order to realize their specific goals, the two leaders aim to provide connected solutions that utilize Southland's vast range of in-house experts. In his new role, Mr. Farrokhyar will oversee Southland’s procurement of design-build work in the regional market, while ensuring successful project outcomes. Mr. Fletcher will be responsible for the business development, sales and operations efforts of Envise within the Southern California region. “I’m excited to begin working with Travis in a new capacity—one that will allow clients to achieve their goals through our connected solutions, and utilize all of our relevant in-house expertise. If clients desire solutions that begin with design and installation and continue seamlessly through energy, automation, and mechanical service, we can successfully deliver that,” stated Mr. Farrokhyar. “We believe in client partnerships, not customer sales. As trusted partners, we take a big picture approach that sometimes means a healthy challenge of the initial request to truly solve client problems and achieve bigger results. By deferring to the expertise of our connected groups and businesses, we can collaboratively provide clients with better informed, customized solutions,” added Mr. Fletcher. Mr. Farrokhyar received a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science, with a minor in economics from Colorado School of Mines in 2004, as well as a Master of Business Administration in global management from the University of Phoenix in 2007. He participates in industry organizations such as the Design-Build Institute of America, ASHRAE, and Smart Cities Council. With a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado School of Mines, Mr. Fletcher has over fifteen years in the construction and real estate development industries. He is an active member of industry organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, Smart Cities Council, and Orange County Business Council.


News Article | May 16, 2017
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-- It's time for the 3European BIM Summit in Barcelona, Spain, which brings together thousands of creative minds from construction background. The exhibition will help to explore how BIM technology is revolutionizing the way of construction. Pinnacle Infotech with more than 18 years of experience in the global construction sector will be a proud presenter at the event on May, 26 from 9:30 am to 10:15 am at Pavilion 5 - Barcelona Building Construmat.Our speaker, Mr. Bimal Patwari, President will discuss on 'BIM INNOVATION' for developing, deploying and integrating latest technologies to meet designing, engineering and construction needs.May, 26, 20179:30 am to 10:15 am- 1st generation Entrepreneur & founder of Pinnacle Infotech Inc. – the global leader in providing Engineering & BIM solutions to Global Construction Industry. Spoken at various international conferences like ASHRAE, AU2016 (Mumbai, India), Universities, Engineering colleges & Global technology forums.- A founding partner of BIM Academy dedicated to transformation & optimization of BIM profiles is the creator & content director of European BIM Summit. He has been the speaker at EUBIM 2013 & 2014 conferences and Director of the Executive BIM Program for Owners & Developers of eZigurat.§  Checking out new BIM technologies§  Learning about 3D BIM Modeling§  Experiencing construction with BIM§  Improving Construction Planning with BIM§  Networking Opportunities with Decision MakersØ  Major Manufacturers, Contracting FirmsØ   Construction Professionals, EngineersØ  Educators, Press, Public AdministratorsØ   Investors, Promoters, Designers, TechniciansØ   Facility Managers, BuildersØ   Representatives of Industrial & Construction SectorsGrab this opportunity to connect and network with leading minds from all across the world to cherish the technical excellence and innovation. For more info and updates, check out European BIM Summit ( http://europeanbimsummit.com/ schedule-2016/ ). Listen to the Speaking Sessions and learn to maximize the Return on Investment in various projects, using BIM. For more details, check out Pinnacle Exhibit ( https://www.pinnaclecad.com/ pinnacle-infotech- participati... ).


HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within NTT Group, today announced that its Financial Data Center Tower 2 (FDC2) becomes the first service provider’s data center in Hong Kong to gain the LEED-CS 2009 Platinum level certification, which reinforces NTT Com’s brand promise to foster a sustainable environment and achieve operational efficiency. “We are excited to be the first service provider’s data center facility in Hong Kong to gain this coveted certification. It also underscores the continuous efforts we have taken to ensure that FDC2 achieves the best sustainability and lowest carbon footprint possible, while our society and environment can benefit from our commitment to bringing a greener future with innovative technologies,” Taylor Man, Chief Technology Officer, NTT Com Asia said. The LEED-CS 2009 certification highlights NTT Com’s success in achieving sustainable development by adopting the “Think Sustainability from the Project Start” approach for building and operating FDC2. It provides the data center facility a strong roadmap all the way from design, construction, operation to service delivery stage. By combining innovative design and technologies, such as the Cooling Wall1 and Cooling Battery2, with the ultra-high density design3, FDC2 increased its cooling energy efficiency by over 20% and achieved a market-leading annualized PUE of below 1.5 at full-load. On an annual basis, FDC2 successfully minimizes energy consumption to around 60%, following the ASHRAE Standards, resulting in 357,000 tons of CO2 emission reduction. These achievements helped the leading Hong Kong data center facility to attain the full 21 points under LEED-CS 2009 EAc1 Optimize Energy Performance. Previously, NTT Com attained LEED-CS 2009 Gold for its Financial Data Center Tower 1 (FDC1) and LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Silver for its Tai Po Data Center in Hong Kong. “NTT Communications not just positions ourselves as a technology pioneer, but also a green advocate that is committed to adopting environmental-friendly design and best practices. Moving forward, we will continue to contribute to a sustainable society by transforming our business and pioneering innovations that meet future society needs,” Man added. NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including leading global tier-1 IP network, Arcstar Universal One™ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and 140 secure data centers worldwide. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA. Please visit www.ntt.com.hk | www.hknet.com | www.facebook.com/nttca | http://www.linkedin.com/company/ntt-com-asia-limited for further information. LEED-CS 2009 (LEED 2009 for Core and Shell Development) is an internationally recognized green building certification rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods. The comprehensive rating system evaluates buildings from different green aspects including sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation in design and regional priority. _______________________________ 1 An innovative front-flow cooling design with hot aisle containment 2 The largest and first-of-its-kind thermal energy storage system for data center in Hong Kong 3 Support installation of ultra-tall racks up to 54U and power density up to 24kVA per rack


The Organization will be Presenting its Maintenance-Free Wireless Solutions, Creating a Network for the Integrated Control of IoT Applications Based on the Seamless Integration of Self-Powered Sensors and Switches with Local Controls, Gateways and Building Management Systems SAN RAMON, CA and PHILADELPHIA, PA / ACCESSWIRE / April 25, 2017 / At LIGHTFAIR International 2017 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA, May 9-11, 2017), the EnOcean Alliance, as well as 16 of its members, will demonstrate the benefits of the interoperable EnOcean ecosystem for integrated building control and self-powered Internet of Things (IoT) applications. At Booth #836, the EnOcean Alliance presents a complete automation system based on the EnOcean energy harvesting wireless standard. It will include all necessary maintenance-free, wireless components for intelligent lighting control and HVAC control, as well as energy management. The solutions presented help optimize the utilization of buildings, create new service models and make buildings more flexible, energy-efficient and altogether more cost-effective. With IBM and Vertuoz by ENGIE as new promoter members, the extensive ecosystem of the EnOcean Alliance continues to grow and promotes the standardization of intelligent building solutions for the Internet of Things. About 20% of the total energy production worldwide is used for electric lighting. With a modern lighting control system it is possible to save about 20-30% in a typical building. Daylighting is required by an increasing number of industry standards, such as ASHRAE 90.1-2010, or governmental energy code requirements, such as Title 24 in California. Daylight Harvesting Based on EnOcean Technology Daylight harvesting is a great way to combine energy savings, cost savings, and physical and mental well-being of workers in a building. Lighting control systems employing this technique measure natural light available in a building and only add as much artificial light as necessary. LED lighting control based on energy harvesting technology is a key component for intelligent buildings to fit these requirements. An EnOcean-based daylight harvesting system typically consists of wireless relay controllers, energy harvesting wireless occupancy sensors, light level sensors, and wall switches. The controller communicates via the EnOcean radio standard in 902 MHz. This allows setting up a system using maintenance-free batteryless sensors and switches, which are highly flexible to position. "Today, the awareness of environmental issues and energy costs is constantly rising and lighting is understood to be one of the key factors for energy savings and increasing comfort in intelligent buildings worldwide. The key advantages of wireless control are the ease of upgrading existing buildings and expanding a system at any time. Wireless control systems can even provide greater installation flexibility if units within the system do not require dedicated cabling or batteries for power. Energy harvesting wireless sensors, switches and controls, therefore, perfectly fit in with the sustainable characteristics of energy-saving lighting and LED technology. This makes EnOcean one of the most important wireless standards for maintenance-free applications for modern lighting control," says Graham Martin, Chairman and CEO of the EnOcean Alliance. At booth #836, the EnOcean Alliance will show an integrated building system covering the following areas: Self-Powered Switches and Sensors Intelligent lighting control can be covered on the basis of three main wireless components: kinetic-powered light switches, including dimmers, solar-powered light sensors, and solar-powered occupancy sensors. This system can additionally support a wireless daylight harvesting application, which is a lighting controls system that automatically adapts the light level to the amount of available natural light in a room measured by light level sensors. In a typical commercial building with such an automated lighting control system, it is possible to reduce energy consumption by up to 30%. Wireless sensors can also lay the foundation for energy savings, increased comfort, and healthier living through automated HVAC control. Self-powered temperature, gas, and climate sensors combined with hydronic heating valves form a wireless network that supplies heat or cool air depending on individual needs and behavior or when room conditions need to be adapted to predefined set points. Gateways and Local Controllers The approach of seamlessly integrating the control of different building areas can be realized with gateways and local controllers. These directly communicate with the self-powered wireless devices and with each other to process the delivered data and information for a synchronized building management system. This results in better energy efficiency while increasing comfort and security at the same time. Building Management Systems These same gateways can bridge the EnOcean standard to work also with other established protocols such as BACnet, LonMark, WiFi, or the cloud. This provides maximum flexibility to installing professionals to expand and adapt building automation systems based on other protocols at any time with wireless components and to centrally control the whole system. EnOcean Alliance connects building automation with the Internet of Things Due to strong partnerships with leading organizations of the IT industry, such as the Open Connectivity Foundation, and industry leaders IBM and Vertuoz by ENGIE, the EnOcean Alliance opens the world of energy harvesting wireless communication to develop interoperable self-powered wireless solutions as a standard for the Internet of Things (IoT). Together, IBM and the EnOcean Alliance will provide sensor information in the Cloud and develop energy harvesting solutions as the open standard for maintenance-free wireless solutions to be used in cognitive buildings. These solutions can be used for various applications such as asset management, ambient assisted living projects, insurance or hotel and campus projects, giving maintenance-free wireless switches and sensors based on EnOcean technology. With the French energy giant Vertuoz by ENGIE joining the EnOcean Alliance, the ecosystem of the EnOcean Alliance continues to grow and promotes the standardization of intelligent building solutions for the Internet of Things. Together, Vertuoz by ENGIE and the EnOcean Alliance develop intelligent building solutions and build bridges towards a global network in the Internet of Things. More details on the self-powered wireless solutions shown at the EnOcean Alliance booth #836 can be found at www.enocean-alliance.org/en/products. Visitors to LIGHTFAIR International 2017 can experience energy harvesting wireless solutions from 16 EnOcean Alliance members, including the following exhibitors: Autani (#3867), BACnet (#660), CAO Lighting (#737), Enno Electronics (#749), Easyfit by EnOcean (#836), ETC (#525), Functional Devices (#4140), Hubbell Lighting (#1325, #1425), Osram/Sylvania (#1401, #1701), Sielo (#1057), Thomas Research Products (#1325), Ushio (#1335), WAGO (#2155), Waldmann Lighting (#2025), WattStopper (#1841) and Zumtobel Lighting (#5307). About EnOcean Alliance Leading companies worldwide from the building sector formed the EnOcean Alliance to establish innovative maintenance-free wireless solutions for the Internet of Things, which are used for automation solutions for sustainable building projects - making buildings more energy-efficient, more flexible and more cost effective. The core technology of the Alliance is energy harvesting wireless technology for flexibly positioned and service-free sensor solutions. The EnOcean Alliance aims to internationalize the energy harvesting wireless technology, and is dedicated to creating interoperability between the products of OEM partners. Basis for this is the international standard ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X, which is optimized for wireless solutions with ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting. More than 400 companies currently belong to the EnOcean Alliance. The headquarters of the non-profit organization is located in San Ramon, California. www.enocean-alliance.org Press Contacts: Gina Klute Telephone: +49.89.67 34 689-76 Mobile: +49.160 90811729 Email: gina.klute@enocean.com Dawn Fontaine Ripple Effect Communications Telephone: 617-536-8887 Email: dawn@rippleeffectpr.com SOURCE: EnOcean Alliance ReleaseID: 460171April 25, 2017 /AccessWire/ — The Organization will be Presenting its Maintenance-Free Wireless Solutions, Creating a Network for the Integrated Control of IoT Applications Based on the Seamless Integration of Self-Powered Sensors and Switches with Local Controls, Gateways and Building Management Systems SAN RAMON, CA and PHILADELPHIA, PA / ACCESSWIRE / April 25, 2017 / At LIGHTFAIR International 2017 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA, May 9-11, 2017), the EnOcean Alliance, as well as 16 of its members, will demonstrate the benefits of the interoperable EnOcean ecosystem for integrated building control and self-powered Internet of Things (IoT) applications. At Booth #836, the EnOcean Alliance presents a complete automation system based on the EnOcean energy harvesting wireless standard. It will include all necessary maintenance-free, wireless components for intelligent lighting control and HVAC control, as well as energy management. The solutions presented help optimize the utilization of buildings, create new service models and make buildings more flexible, energy-efficient and altogether more cost-effective. With IBM and Vertuoz by ENGIE as new promoter members, the extensive ecosystem of the EnOcean Alliance continues to grow and promotes the standardization of intelligent building solutions for the Internet of Things. About 20% of the total energy production worldwide is used for electric lighting. With a modern lighting control system it is possible to save about 20-30% in a typical building. Daylighting is required by an increasing number of industry standards, such as ASHRAE 90.1-2010, or governmental energy code requirements, such as Title 24 in California. Daylight Harvesting Based on EnOcean Technology Daylight harvesting is a great way to combine energy savings, cost savings, and physical and mental well-being of workers in a building. Lighting control systems employing this technique measure natural light available in a building and only add as much artificial light as necessary. LED lighting control based on energy harvesting technology is a key component for intelligent buildings to fit these requirements. An EnOcean-based daylight harvesting system typically consists of wireless relay controllers, energy harvesting wireless occupancy sensors, light level sensors, and wall switches. The controller communicates via the EnOcean radio standard in 902 MHz. This allows setting up a system using maintenance-free batteryless sensors and switches, which are highly flexible to position. "Today, the awareness of environmental issues and energy costs is constantly rising and lighting is understood to be one of the key factors for energy savings and increasing comfort in intelligent buildings worldwide. The key advantages of wireless control are the ease of upgrading existing buildings and expanding a system at any time. Wireless control systems can even provide greater installation flexibility if units within the system do not require dedicated cabling or batteries for power. Energy harvesting wireless sensors, switches and controls, therefore, perfectly fit in with the sustainable characteristics of energy-saving lighting and LED technology. This makes EnOcean one of the most important wireless standards for maintenance-free applications for modern lighting control," says Graham Martin, Chairman and CEO of the EnOcean Alliance. At booth #836, the EnOcean Alliance will show an integrated building system covering the following areas: Self-Powered Switches and Sensors Intelligent lighting control can be covered on the basis of three main wireless components: kinetic-powered light switches, including dimmers, solar-powered light sensors, and solar-powered occupancy sensors. This system can additionally support a wireless daylight harvesting application, which is a lighting controls system that automatically adapts the light level to the amount of available natural light in a room measured by light level sensors. In a typical commercial building with such an automated lighting control system, it is possible to reduce energy consumption by up to 30%. Wireless sensors can also lay the foundation for energy savings, increased comfort, and healthier living through automated HVAC control. Self-powered temperature, gas, and climate sensors combined with hydronic heating valves form a wireless network that supplies heat or cool air depending on individual needs and behavior or when room conditions need to be adapted to predefined set points. Gateways and Local Controllers The approach of seamlessly integrating the control of different building areas can be realized with gateways and local controllers. These directly communicate with the self-powered wireless devices and with each other to process the delivered data and information for a synchronized building management system. This results in better energy efficiency while increasing comfort and security at the same time. Building Management Systems These same gateways can bridge the EnOcean standard to work also with other established protocols such as BACnet, LonMark, WiFi, or the cloud. This provides maximum flexibility to installing professionals to expand and adapt building automation systems based on other protocols at any time with wireless components and to centrally control the whole system. EnOcean Alliance connects building automation with the Internet of Things Due to strong partnerships with leading organizations of the IT industry, such as the Open Connectivity Foundation, and industry leaders IBM and Vertuoz by ENGIE, the EnOcean Alliance opens the world of energy harvesting wireless communication to develop interoperable self-powered wireless solutions as a standard for the Internet of Things (IoT). Together, IBM and the EnOcean Alliance will provide sensor information in the Cloud and develop energy harvesting solutions as the open standard for maintenance-free wireless solutions to be used in cognitive buildings. These solutions can be used for various applications such as asset management, ambient assisted living projects, insurance or hotel and campus projects, giving maintenance-free wireless switches and sensors based on EnOcean technology. With the French energy giant Vertuoz by ENGIE joining the EnOcean Alliance, the ecosystem of the EnOcean Alliance continues to grow and promotes the standardization of intelligent building solutions for the Internet of Things. Together, Vertuoz by ENGIE and the EnOcean Alliance develop intelligent building solutions and build bridges towards a global network in the Internet of Things. More details on the self-powered wireless solutions shown at the EnOcean Alliance booth #836 can be found at www.enocean-alliance.org/en/products. Visitors to LIGHTFAIR International 2017 can experience energy harvesting wireless solutions from 16 EnOcean Alliance members, including the following exhibitors: Autani (#3867), BACnet (#660), CAO Lighting (#737), Enno Electronics (#749), Easyfit by EnOcean (#836), ETC (#525), Functional Devices (#4140), Hubbell Lighting (#1325, #1425), Osram/Sylvania (#1401, #1701), Sielo (#1057), Thomas Research Products (#1325), Ushio (#1335), WAGO (#2155), Waldmann Lighting (#2025), WattStopper (#1841) and Zumtobel Lighting (#5307). About EnOcean Alliance Leading companies worldwide from the building sector formed the EnOcean Alliance to establish innovative maintenance-free wireless solutions for the Internet of Things, which are used for automation solutions for sustainable building projects - making buildings more energy-efficient, more flexible and more cost effective. The core technology of the Alliance is energy harvesting wireless technology for flexibly positioned and service-free sensor solutions. The EnOcean Alliance aims to internationalize the energy harvesting wireless technology, and is dedicated to creating interoperability between the products of OEM partners. Basis for this is the international standard ISO/IEC 14543-3-1X, which is optimized for wireless solutions with ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting. More than 400 companies currently belong to the EnOcean Alliance. The headquarters of the non-profit organization is located in San Ramon, California. www.enocean-alliance.org Press Contacts: Gina Klute Telephone: +49.89.67 34 689-76 Mobile: +49.160 90811729 Email: gina.klute@enocean.com Dawn Fontaine Ripple Effect Communications Telephone: 617-536-8887 Email: dawn@rippleeffectpr.com SOURCE: EnOcean Alliance ReleaseID: 460171 Source URL: http://marketersmedia.com/enocean-alliance-to-exhibit-at-lightfair-2017-growing-ecosystem-combines-integrated-building-automation-with-the-internet-of-things/190130Source: AccessWireRelease ID: 190130


News Article | April 26, 2017
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Since 2015, Humantech cut energy waste through energy-saving activities such as making improvements to the building, optimizing operations and maintenance, and engaging occupants to save. In 2013, Humantech set a goal to be in the top quartile nationally of Energy Star Portfolio facilities. Since then, their initial score of 76 increased to 90 out of a possible 100. "We primarily used NSF P391 General Sustainability Assessment Criteria for Services and Service Providers as our guiding tool, which contains a protocol used to evaluate and certify the sustainability of service providers," says Humantech President James Good. Certification to NSF P391 is based on the achievement of points at Conformant, Silver, Gold or Platinum levels with specified monitoring to maintain certification. In its first year participating, Humantech achieved a Gold level and has since moved up to Platinum. In addition to the NSF P391 initiative, Humantech worked with the Clean Air Coalition to conduct ASHRAE Levels I and II Energy Audits at their facility. "We also installed window film to reduce solar heat gain, and programmable digital thermostats to enhance HVAC system scheduling, made LED lighting conversions, reduced envelope infiltration by sealing and adding weather stripping, consolidated computer servers, and installed all ENERGY STAR appliances including computer displays," says Good. The 2016 competitors saved more than $2.4 million in energy costs and avoided 22,141 metric tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) from entering the atmosphere. To learn more about Battle of the Buildings or how to compete in next year's contest, visit http://www.michiganbattleofthebuildings.org/2017-energy-summit/. For nearly 40 years, global companies have relied on Humantech for workplace improvements. By combining experienced, board-certified ergonomists with our proprietary assessment tools and comprehensive software, we deliver integrated solutions that impact safety, quality, and productivity. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/humantech-wins-award-for-energy-reduction-efforts-300445733.html


News Article | April 20, 2017
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Today, The Department of Energy (DOE) presented its Advanced Roof Top Unit (RTU) Campaign Awards during the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association’s undefined [PRSM2017 National Conference __title__ ] being held in Dallas, TX. PRSM is the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management. The Advanced RTU Campaign is a national initiative co-organized by ASHRAE, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance that encourages commercial building owners/occupants to replace RTUs with high-efficiency models, retrofit existing RTUs with advanced controllers, and/or continue quality maintenance of existing RTUs. Each year, the Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign recognizes organizations for leadership and excellence in commercial building RTU efficiency. The winners of this year’s DOE Advanced RTU Awards includes four PRSM retail members: H&M, Giant Tiger Stores Limited, Target Corporation, and Ulta Beauty. Other winners included: Life Time – Healthy Way of Life, CLEAResult, Fontana Unified School District, and Xcel Energy Colorado. “Energy efficiency is a top priority for all PRSM retailers and we are dedicated to working with our members to maximize energy efficiencies across multi-site retail facilities,” stated Bill Yanek, PRSM’s CEO. “We are proud to partner with the DOE to present the Advanced RTU Awards during our national conference and look forward to working with them in the future on this and other energy efficiency programs.” More than 2,200 retail facilities management professionals attended PRSM2017 National Conference, the premier conference for multi-site retail facilities management featuring world-class speakers, industry leading educational sessions and more than 400 exhibiting companies. PHOTO CAPTION - Front Row (left to right): Holly Carr (DOE), Mischa Egolf (Energy Solutions), Josh Veblen (SmartWatt Inc), Stefanie Pesek (Ulta Beauty), Kyle (H&M), Jordan Campbell (H&M), Amy Kluse (CLEAResult), Mark Pasini (Giant Tiger Stores Limited Back Row (left to right): Kim Spickard (Xcel Energy Colorado), Errol Glenn (Fontana Unified School District), Bob Copeland (Fontana Unified School District), Adam Oryszczak (Ulta Beauty), Tim Hawkins (Target Corporation), Paul Anderson (Target Corporation), Robert King (Target Corporation), Peter Isabel (Life Time Healthy Way of Life), Erin Hiatt (Retail Industry Leaders Association) About the Professional Retail Store Maintenance® Association (PRSM) PRSM Association, the authority on Retail and Multi-site Facilities Management, is the leading membership organization for retail facilities and supplier professionals. PRSM empowers the Retail Industry facilities management with best practices, benchmarking, education, discussion forums and trusted partnerships. Chartered in 1995, and with almost 1,000 member companies, the PRSM community values are founded on a spirit of innovation, resourcefulness, the quest for knowledge and ethical business relationships. Members depend on PRSM to help them achieve greater success and a competitive advantage through quality programs and resources. Visit prsm.com for more information. About the Advanced RTU Campaign The Advanced RTU Campaign is a U.S. Department of Energy market transformation initiative that encourages commercial building owners and operators to improve the efficiency of roof top units across the country. Organizations are replacing older, inefficient RTUs and retrofitting existing RTUs with advanced controls to reduce energy costs and improve thermal comfort. New systems can reduce a building's cooling and ventilating energy consumption by 20–50% and save as much as $3,700 per RTU—equivalent to $6.7 billion and 670 trillion Btu annually for upgrading all the RTUs across the country. Visit http://www.advancedrtu.org/join.html to learn more and join the Campaign.


News Article | April 26, 2017
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Launched in the first quarter of 2017, Clean Green Comfort System® is a revolutionary new set of standards that provide a guideline for complete and practical energy efficient high air quality HVAC system. Developed by Empire Heating & Air Conditioning, the Clean Green Comfort System® is revolutionizing the way that homeowners think about temperature control and air quality. According to Martin Hoover, President of Empire Heating & Air Conditioning, “There are already so many standards that exist independently for each product. The Clean Green Comfort System is designed to offer a whole-home approach, giving our customers a better idea of how each device contributes to a larger picture.” The Clean Green Comfort System® is far from the first set of product efficiency standards, but it is one of the first to look at the entire home as one interconnected system. For instance, a home’s air distribution system, made up of internal ductwork and tubes, affects everything from the performance of HVAC equipment to the quality of the air we’re breathing. Rather than assessing each part by itself, this new set of standards is designed to help homeowners make informed, health-conscious decisions about how each HVAC component affects another. The ultimate goal behind the Clean Green Comfort System® is to save homeowners money on their energy bills and reduce indoor allergens like pollen and dust. Monitoring the efficiency of your HVAC equipment is every bit a financial consideration as much as it is an investment in the wellbeing of your family. In designing this new set of standards, Empire Heating and Air Conditioning wanted to provide a stringent set of requirements that exceeds regulations set by the Department of Energy. At the same time, Clean Green Comfort System® combines the efficiency frameworks from the National Comfort Institute (NCI) and the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). This new set of guidelines aims to raise the efficiency of cooling equipment from 14 SEER to 16 SEER, meaning the HVAC appliance is able to process the same amount of temperature-controlled air using significantly less energy. Clean Green Comfort System® also requires the installation of germicidal ultraviolet light to inhibit bacterial growth near the system’s evaporator coils. Studies show that these innovative new devices can drastically reduce airborne contaminants and allergens found inside the home. These new standards also set minimum requirements on the efficiency of the home’s furnace, air ventilation system, duct and envelope tightness, and air filters. For more information about the Clean Green Comfort System® or to learn how you can get the seal of approval at your home or business, contact the team at Empire Heating & Air Conditioning. You can learn more by clicking here or by calling their office at 404-596-6161.

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