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See y’all in San Antone

June 20th, 2012 Comments off

Hope to see ya’ll where the stars at night are big and bright… deep in the heart of Texas!

Our San Antonio meeting is on Tuesday June 26, from 1-3:30.  Please let me or Michael know if you have any additions or changes to the posted agenda.  We will be voting on a proposed standard on historic buildings among other items.

You can find out more information about TC 7.6 in San Antonio or more about the San Antonio meeting on the main ASHRAE website.

Note that the TC is also Sponsoring: Seminar 1: Breaking Boundaries in Building Controls Integration.

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Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings

February 20th, 2012 Comments off

Originally presented on December 12, 2011 to US Department of Energy – you can see a 24 slide executive summary that outlines the guide development, content and recommendations for the Existing Buildings Technical Implementation Guide.

This guide is the second in a series of planned Energy Efficient Guides for Existing Commercial Buildings (EEG-EB) developed by the Ameri­can Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). While the first guide in the series provided the business case for improving energy efficiency, this guide provides technical guidance on how to increase a building’s energy efficiency.

This guide is intended for building engineers and managers and assumes a working technical knowledge of building systems both gener­ally and for the reader’s specific building. The guide demonstrates ways to measure a building’s energy efficiency, track that efficiency, develop an energy efficiency plan, and provides guidance on implementing the developed plan. The goal is to provide clear and easily understood techni­cal guidance for energy upgrades, retrofits, and renovations, by which building engineers and managers can achieve at least a 30% improvement in energy performance relative to a range of benchmark energy utilization indexes (EUIs). The document provides practical means and methods for planning, executing, and monitoring an effective program, based on widely available technical strategies and technologies.

The Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: The Business Case for Building Owners and Managers

This is the first in a series of Energy Efficiency Guides (EEGs) for existing buildings and is aimed at providing the business case for energy efficiency to building owners and managers. The Guide provides the rationale for making economic decisions related to improving and sustaining energy efficiency in existing buildings. The goal is to enable building owners to undertake the processes for evaluating current operations and do the economic analysis of options for improvement. The Guide demonstrates ways to benchmark performance against comparable buildings; illustrates ways under which energy use and cost can be reduced by at least 30%; and details how this can be done,  all while minimizing capital investment and maximizing return on investment. It further identifies additional measures that can achieve even greater energy efficiencies and cost savings in economical ways.

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Chicago update

January 24th, 2012 Comments off

Thanks to Mark Hydeman for forwarding this. I think we can use it for an new employee test question: “Please express the following graph in an equation…”

The word "sustainable" is unsustainable

The word "sustainable" is unsustainable

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Chicago in January – you betcha

January 7th, 2012 Comments off

Why would I want to be anywhere but Chicago in January? Not if I had to miss ASHRAE…

See the Meeting Info page for updated meeting times and agendas for TC 7.6 meetings and sponsored standards and guideline committees.


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Green Book Released

November 9th, 2011 Comments off
Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits - 2nd Ed.

The new "Green Book" cover

I’m happy to say that the Second Edition of Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits (the “Green Book”) is finally out in print. You can get yours now from the ASHRAE bookstore. A news release from ASHRAE publications is forthcoming soon.

Many thanks to all of you who contributed your time in putting this together. We had a tremendous amount of help from TC 7.6 and beyond writing, reviewing and drafting spreadsheet templates for the publication. I think it will be a valuable resource for our community.

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