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Is Energy Star Going Away?

Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 03:05 / by Jim Newman posted in ASHRAE, bEQ, Building Energy, Building Energy Quotient, Energy Audit, IAQ, Energy Star

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Note: Since this was article was originally posted, a budget passed Congress that does not significantly reduce EPA funding. So we believe the Energy Star Program is safe - for now. It’s good to know, however, what else is out there from the private sector, for example, ASHRAE bEQ as is discussed below. Our industry needs to be well-versed in all the options, not on a just-in-case basis, but on a what’s-best-for-the-customer basis. (updated 5/10/2017)

Since its inception in 1992, the Energy Star label has gained tremendous popularity, and today thousands of products (mostly small and medium home appliances) sport the Energy Star logo. Use of this program, run by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the US Department of Energy (DOE), had saved $362 billion on energy bills and prevented nearly 2.5 billion tons of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere. If this program goes away, as is being proposed by the current administration, we risk losing many of the gains that have been made.

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Get Out! 4 Ways to Know Your Building/Tenants Better

Wed, Apr 13, 2016 @ 12:09 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, IAQ, Energy Savings, indoor air quality

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In my seminars for facility managers and building engineers, I sometimes begin with this: “How are HVAC Systems like Facility Managers?” Then I pause, and say, “Nobody knows they’re there – and nobody cares – until there’s a problem!”

True, in a well-run and comfortable building, the employees, tenants and guests should not notice the HVAC system. They have their own work to do. But the minute they are uncomfortable – too hot, too cold, funny smell – the facility manager or the building engineer hears about it. Right?

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IAQ Radio: Indoor Air Quality, Productivity, Health, Energy Conservation and Legal Liability: How to Avoid Problems, or How Much Does a Lawsuit Cost Compared to Good IAQ?

Mon, Mar 07, 2016 @ 03:26 / by Cliff Zlotnik, IAQRadio.com (Guest Post) posted in HVAC, IAQ, Environmental Law, Retrofit, Retro-commissioning, indoor air quality, sick building syndrome

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On Friday, February 26, Jim Newman was interviewed by Joe Hughes and Cliff "Z-Man" Zlotnick of IAQRadio.com. They asked Jim to join them on air and share more detail from his Keynote presentation at this year's Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) Annual Meeting, held in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the ASHRAE Convention. After the interview, Z-Man published the following blog. 

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3 Sources of IAQ Problems You May Have in Your Building

Tue, Jan 19, 2016 @ 09:38 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, IAQ, Recommissioning, indoor air quality, sick building syndrome

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And 8 steps you can take to prevent small problems from becoming big – and costly – ones.

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Slime and Dirty Socks – How Do They Help You Save Energy and Improve IAQ?

Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 12:02 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, IAQ, Commercial Building, energy efficiency, Energy Savings

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Coil cleaning - a low-cost method of conserving energy and improving indoor air in buildings.

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