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CxEnergy 2018 Conference Program Released


The fifth annual CxEnergy Conference & Expo provides people on both the service provider and building owner sides of the commissioning, energy management and test & balance industry with information on the latest trends, technologies, and regulatory developments that impact them. CxEnergy 2018 is being held April 23-26 at the Rio All-Suite at Las Vegas, NV.

Attendees will earn AIA (LU/HSW) and USGBC LEED General Education, CxA and EMP continuing education credits for presentations that include case studies and topics in building envelope/enclosure commissioning, technology & innovation, energy management, commissioning specialty systems, policy & financial issues, lighting, water management, data centers, microgrids, energy storage and more.

The 30+ speakers are well-known industry experts across all building science disciplines. The speakers represent companies and organizations including ASHRAE, National Institute of Building Sciences, Lawrence National Berkeley Laboratory, Citi, Stanford University, Caesars Entertainment, United Technologies Corporation, Hanson Professional Services, Jensen Hughes, Lutron, Schneider Electric, TLC Engineering for Architecture and more.

The expo hall showcases commissioning and energy management software companies, metering and instrument suppliers, and manufacturers of HVAC products, lighting, and technology products. There are also a number of service provider companies that are looking to build partnerships or offer unique services.

CxEnergy offers pre-conference certification workshops and seminars for Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) and Energy Management Professional (EMP), plus TAB Seminar for CxAs, Engineers, and TAB Professionals. The event also features several networking events that connect commissioning providers, energy managers, MEP engineers, lighting & control technologists, and HVAC testing professionals with manufacturers and energy services providers. CxEnergy is presented by the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG), Associated Air Balance Council (AABC), and Energy Management Association (EMA). Supporting Organizations include The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), The National Institute of Building Sciences, The USGBC Nevada Chapter, The  Continental Automated Buildings Association, The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), and Navigant.

New Code in the Works: ASHRAE announces progress of IgCC powered by 189.1


Jan. 22, 2018, ASHRAE held its winter press conference, including a tasty breakfast of a veggie frittata, smoked sausage, and home fries at McCormick Place in Chicago. The conference was an opportunity for ASHRAE, along with partners the International Code Council (ICC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), to provide a brief history of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and ASHRAE Standard 189.1, also known as IgCC Powered by 189.1, its partnership, a peak into the new document, and what impact the code will have on the industry, particularly those manufacturers exhibiting at this year’s AHR Expo.

“I just want to introduce this idea that we are bringing these standards together into one, unified document,” said Wes Sullens, director, building codes technical development, USGBC. “I think it’s a powerful moment. In 2014, organizations did a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to harmonize the two documents into one single thing. So, where we stand today, the 189.1 Standard was delivered to ICC, it’s done, buttoned up, packaged, and given to them, and they are publishing the IgCC, making it one document available. It’s pretty historical for the green code moment.”

A panel of speakers spoke on the progress of this combined effort, particularly, IgCC Powered by 189.1’s projected release date this spring. Speakers included: Dave Walls, executive director, sustainability programs, ICC; Wes Sullens, director, building codes technical development, UGBC; Joe Winters, principal, AIA, head of specifications at HOK; Mark Lien, industry relations manager, IES.

HARDI Official Statement on Tax Bill Passage


Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) applauds the passage of the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in both the House and Senate this week. HARDI is particularly pleased with the inclusion of the HEAT Act provisions, improvement on the treatment of pass-through entities, preservation of LIFO, and progress towards repeal of the estate tax.

“This new tax structure is going to give a big boost to HARDI members,” says HARDI CEO Talbot Gee. “Along with the tax cuts in this package, there are some great specific provisions for our industry, such as full, immediate expensing of qualified HVAC equipment.”

"Plain and simple, this is a big win for HARDI members that has been a long time in the making," said HARDI vice president of government affairs, Palmer Schoening. "But at the same time, the fight goes on even with this win. We aim to keep up pressure towards full estate tax repeal and trying to achieve permanence with these new rates going forward."

"We look forward to leading the HARDI membership through this important upcoming midterm election year," Schoening continues. "Our next Congressional Fly-in this May will be a crucial one, and we encourage HARDI members to continue staying engaged with their representatives and making their voice heard in Washington."

Improved Sensors Could Reduce Energy Used for HVAC Systems


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Engineering researchers at The University of Alabama are part of a nationwide project to find ways of reducing energy used to heat, cool, and ventilate buildings.

Dr. Zheng O’Neill, UA assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a team developing testing standards and control strategies for sensors used to control HVAC in commercial and residential buildings.

The goal is to provide a way for those who manage HVAC systems to know sensors work efficiently when detecting human movement and occupancy to control heating, cooling and ventilation.

“When we complete the work, we should be able to say that if we use this kind of sensor-driven control strategy, we can achieve HVAC energy savings of at least 30 percent,” O’Neill said.

UA received nearly $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, through its Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition, or SENSOR, program.

About 13 percent of all energy produced in the United States is used to heat, cool and ventilate buildings, with much of it wasted—used when buildings are unoccupied or not fully occupied. The SENSOR program supports innovative and highly accurate presence sensors and occupant counters that optimize HVAC of buildings while reducing cost and slashing energy use.

SENSOR project teams can take advantage of existing low-cost wireless and electronic communication technologies and could reduce HVAC energy usage by 30 percent, while simultaneously addressing user requirements for cost, privacy and usability.

The team will investigate various types of occupancy sensors, such as human-presence sensing, people counting, and carbon dioxide sensors for detecting failure rates and HVAC energy-saving potential in a wide range of real-world applications.

The proposed testing protocol and simulation suite, which can be used for any sensor-driven HVAC energy efficiency technology, will be tested and validated in side-by-side laboratory controlled environments at the Delos Well Living Lab and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Lab Homes, and in field trial testing in four commercial buildings and four residential houses in two climate zones.