Volume 5, Issue Number 7 July  15, 2009

ASHRAE Introduces Prototype Of Building Energy Label At Annual Conference

Most of us know the fuel efficiency of our cars, but what about our buildings? The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is working to change that, moving one step closer today to introducing its building energy labeling program with release of a prototype label at its 2009 Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky.

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Award-Winning Mechanical Estimating Software From FastEst

FastPIPE and FastDUCT are advanced mechanical estimating software systems designed to make estimating projects fast, consistent, and accurate. FASTEST programs are easy to implement, easy to learn, and easy to use.

For more information, contact FastEST, Inc., at 800-828-7108 or at FastEST, Inc.

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Buildings Seeking LEED To Provide Performance Data --Energy Usage Reporting A Precondition

As part of LEED v3, the latest version of the U.S. Green Building Council’s program for green building design, construction, operations and maintenance, buildings seeking LEED certification will begin submitting operational performance data on a recurring basis as a precondition to certification.

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Single Wall vs. Double Wall Turning Vanes

GOING GREEN? You may be surprised to know that making the simple switch to the use of single wall turning vane can cut the pressure drop across your elbows in half.

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Wisconsin Becomes The First State To Require BIM On Large, Public Projects

As of July 1 the Wisconsin Division of State Facilities will require all projects with a total budget of $5 million or more and all new construction with a budget of $2.5 million or more to have their designs begin with a Building Information Model.

The new guidelines and standards require A/E services in a design-bid-build project delivery format to use BIM and 3D software from initial planning concepts up to bidding documents and finally to project closeout. There are 5 projects over the $5 Million threshold up for A/E selection in the next few months, followed by 18 more expected between 2009 and 2011. The projects include new and existing construction for 16 state agencies including the Department of Military Affairs, Department of Administration, Department of Corrections, and also the University of Wisconsin system.

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