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January 12, 2011
FASTRACK Features

Building Ventilation and the Principle of Diversity
By JACK L. BURTON, EIT, LEED AP; Gatter & Diehl Inc.; Mechanicsburg, Pa.
While the principle of diversity as it applies to the mechanical systems of occupied buildings is an often-discussed topic among engineers during the design phase of a project, its benefits and applications often go unquantified in the process. As such, neither the building owner nor the design professional truly appreciates the energy and cost savings realized by the application of this simple principle. [MORE]


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ASHRAE Standard Adopted as Part of Army Sustainability Policy
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) leaders met with U.S. Army officials regarding a new sustainable design and development policy that incorporates requirements of the green-building standard developed by ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). [MORE]


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Johnson Controls Marks 10th Anniversary of Student Competition
Johnson Controls has announced the launch of its 10th annual Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) Challenge, a national competition for kindergarten through 12th-grade students to share ideas about energy choices and environmental stewardship. The company also announced the addition of ICE Water, a new competition category that adds a water-education component to the traditional energy and environmental educational objectives. [MORE]


Tips for Mitigating Influenza in Buildings/Facilities
With cold and flu season upon us, reviewing a building’s HVAC system and its major components as well as air and water distribution can help reduce the spread of influenza. Simple common-sense measures, proper maintenance protocols, and system upgrades can further mitigate risks. To that end, Trane Commerical Systems has compiled a list of tips to help organizations diminish health risks and curtail the spread of flu and other unhealthy microbes in their facilities. [MORE]


AHRI Releases November Heating- and Cooling-Equipment Shipment Data
According to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), commercial-gas-water-heater shipments increased 5 percent in November 2010 to 5,992 units, up from 5,691 units shipped in November 2009. Commercial-electric-water-heater shipments increased 16 percent in November 2010 to 4,468 units, up from 3,864 units shipped in November 2009. [MORE]
























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