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ATLANTA – In the big-energy State of Texas, where else would you expect engineers to seek to emphasize the importance of reducing energy use in buildings in order to achieve a sustainable future? At the 2007 ASHRAE Winter Meeting, of course.

Energy use in buildings from HVAC&R and lighting account for up to 40% of a building’s energy use. Examples of engineers’ ability to significantly reduce a building’s energy consumption and footprint on the environment will be demonstrated at a free public session at ASHRAE’s 2007 Winter Meeting in Dallas. Strategies for Low Energy Efficient Buildings will be held Monday, January 29 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center.

“With the support of building owners, engineers can create green buildings that use energy wisely, provide a productive indoor environment for occupants, and have a minimal impact on the environment,” said Brian Wandling, the session organizer on the program committee. “ASHRAE is a leader in the sustainability movement, and this public session highlights what ASHRAE and the HVAC&R industry is doing to make buildings more energy efficient.”

The session, moderated by Brian Wandling of Control Specialists Inc., will consist of several case study presentations that examine various energy-efficiency strategies and obstacles. Speakers for the session are:

CatNet Systems • Ken Fulk, principal, Reed Wells Benson & Co., presents a case study about Dallas-based Highland Oaks Church of Christ replacing their aging ice storage system and air-chilled coolers after deregulation.
• David Hale, Associate Member, HDR Architecture, talks about a McKinney, Texas, office building that, when completed, will achieve a 67% decrease in energy usage based on cost as compared to ASHRAE’s 90.1-1999.
• Daniel Nall, Flack & Kurtz, presents a case study about the New York Times headquarters building and it various green design features, including its underfloor air distribution system and its fully programmable digitally addressable lighting interface (DALI) system.
• Paul A. Torcellini, senior engineer, NREL, presents six low-energy buildings to discuss their strategies for energy efficiency and implications for reaching the Department of Energy’s research goal of achieving net zero-energy buildings) by 2025.

Held with the ASHRAE Winter Meeting is the ASHRAE co-sponsored International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, Jan. 29-31, at the Dallas Convention Center. For more information, contact International Exposition Company at 203-221-9232, info@ahrexpo.com, www.ahrexpo.com.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of 55,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

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