Joanna Turpin is a senior editor with the ACHR NEWS. She can be contacted at 248-786-1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Turpin has been with BNP Media since 1991, first heading up the company’s technical book division. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington and worked on her master’s degree in technical communication at Eastern Michigan University.
Most in the HVACR industry are anxious to find out when equipment containing R-454B will be available on the market, but before that can happen, codes need to be updated in order to allow A2L refrigerants to be used in comfort cooling equipment.
Tighter air regulations and and abundance of trees have paired up to fuel the move toward hybrid biomass boilers in these Canadian hospitals. Read about the upgraded systems’ differences and the considerations for trading fossil fuels for sawdust, wood chips, and bark.
We often think of news as focusing on what just happened, but the mixed-use building housing the New York Times’ headquarters puts the emphasis squarely on what’s possible right now and where smart design is headed. The ability to go off-grid when it wants and a sophisticated daylighting system coordinated to heighten HVAC performance are just two exceptional components, not to mention Manhattan’s first high-rise UFAD system. The air distribution design for floors serving the newspaper’s offices is even more advanced, so come on in and let the story unfold.
The ICC doesn’t own the building housing its new offices. However, between the site’s location and a considerable commitment by both the owner and the ICC, their unusually shaped building points toward good design and environmental responsibility. See how the HVAC and controls perform alongside the other sustainable elements of the project to deliver a LEED® Silver space.
In an era where a press release about the next green product arrives faster than we can say “sustainable building practices,” we wondered how many manufacturers are walking the walk in their own operations. These stories represent a sampling of companies who are greening the industry from the inside out.
Record rainfall in November, gale-force winds in December, snow in January … Mother Nature pulled out all the stops last winter in British Columbia. That made humidity control all the more critical at the site for what will be the province’s largest and Canada’s only LEED Silver hospital. With a financial interest in project punctuality, the team engineered a formidable short-term solution to keep the work on track and the drywall from becoming wetwall.