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Advanced ASHRAE Energy Guides Will Assist LEED Designers 

ATLANTA - Designers will be better able to develop sustainable, high-performance buildings through use of advanced energy design guides from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The guides also will help them in achieving LEED certification for sustainable building design. Proposed documents providing 30 and 50 percent energy savings over ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, are being developed by the Society. Future plans include the development of guidance to achieve 75 percent savings. The savings refer to reductions in energy consumption beyond that allowed by 90.1, which sets the minimum energy efficiency required by most building codes. The savings will help designers achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, offered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with which ASHRAE has a partnership agreement.

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PropIT event launched to help property and construction professionals reap benefits of IT to reduce property lifecycle costs

Focus on Plan IT, Design IT, Construct IT and Manage IT 
Supported by major media, trade bodies and event with proven track record

Firecast Media announced the launch of a new event, PropIT, to run alongside the Building Performance event (6-7th October 2004, London Olympia). PropIT will answer the demand from senior construction and property managers for their own forum exploring the strategic role IT can play in reducing life cycle costs, improving performance and productivity and, ultimately, increasing long term property value for owners and occupiers.

ASHRAE Journal Article - Too Hot, Too Cold: Diagnosing Occupant Complaints

ATLANTA - One employee constantly complains about your office being too hot, while another argues that it is too cold. How do you figure out which one, if either, is right? Through evaluation, review and analysis. A checklist that can be used in this process is featured in an article in the January issue of ASHRAE Journal, published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).  Article can be purchased via the online bookstore at The cost is $8. The article is available for free to ASHRAE members.

2004 Marks the 10th Anniversary for Americas’ Security Expo in Miami Beach

Lisle, IL—Since the first event in 1994, Americas’ Security Expo has been the gathering place for security professionals from Latin America’s entire value chain for premise, property and personal security products and technologies.

Convening for the tenth year at the Miami Beach Convention Center on July 20-22, 2004, this popular free conference and major product exposition is expected to attract over 6,000 security professionals from South & Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Southeastern US.

For information on exhibiting, attending, or contributing to the conference program visit the ASE website

SimplexGrinnell Will Hit 21 Major U.S. Cities in Expanded 2004 Fire and Life-safety Road Show Series

Program Kicks Off With Jan. 26-27 Forum & Technology Expo in San Francisco; First of Six New Two-day Events Featuring Live Equipment Demonstrations

WESTMINSTER, Massachusetts - If you're a building owner, facility manager, engineer, architect, local fire marshal, hospital director or government official with a New Year's resolution to learn about the latest in fire protection and life safety, put your mind at ease: SimplexGrinnell is hitting the road to bring its 2004 Fire and Life-safety Series to a locale near you.

2003 Asia Pacific Conference on the Built Environment

The 2003 Asia Pacific Conference on the Built Environment was well attended by 259 delegates including those from 12 different countries outside Hong Kong; and the 2-day schedule was fully packed with 19 technical paper presentations, 1 poster session and 6 distinguished speeches. The Welcome Dinner on 18th evening was record-breaking as the worldwide leaders of ASHRAE and CIBSE met with the HKIE President; and what is more, we had a lot of fun! The Conference was concluded by a technical tour to Science Park, one of the prestige buildings in Hong Kong featured by Automatic Refuse Collection System (ARCS), Building Integrated Photovoltaic Cell (BIPV), Wind Utilization Carpark Ventilation system and Services Tunnel linking up all the buildings there.

Visit Conference website to see the photos. 

ASHRAE Publishes Reference Guide on Sustainable Design

ATLANTA - The need for green building design is well documented. So are the advantages. But guidance on how to practice green building design has not been readily available. The ASHRAE GreenGuide, published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, fills that void. The book serves as a reference manual for HVAC&R designers, providing them with guidance on green design from project design through construction, operation and maintenance to demolition. The book addresses architectural design impacts, conceptual engineering design, space thermal/comfort delivery systems, energy distribution systems, energy conservation systems, energy/water sources, lighting systems, plumbing and fire protection systems and controls. The guide features 29 ASHRAE GreenTips, which are sidebars containing information on techniques, processes, measures or systems. The tips contain a list of other sources for reference.

To purchase visit the Bookstore at

Precidia adds InfoMEDIA to Roster of Resellers

Ottawa, Canada - Precidia Technologies, a global leader in IP enabling products for a wide range of industries, announced the addition of InfoMEDIA to its roster of value-added resellers representing Precidia's Remote Access product line throughout the world. The relationship teams Precidia's unique, feature rich Remote Access product line with InfoMEDIA's entrenched leadership position as a Colombian reseller to the Energy, Financial and Telecommunications industries. In addition to providing consulting services, InfoMEDIA provides products for telecommunications solutions from a wide variety of vendors, from network connectivity solutions, to network security and convergence products.

Control Solutions, Inc Ember Teams up with Honeywell 

BOSTON - Ember Corp. and Honeywell International will collaborate on a $10 million cost-share project co-funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) that will pursue development of energy-saving wireless mesh networking applications for federally designated "industries of the future". The project is part of a $61 million national program, announced in November by Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, to improve energy efficiency in strategic industries such as petrochemicals, electric power and manufacturing. Ember, a developer of embedded wireless mesh networking technology, and Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions (ACS) business will create a new wireless system architecture that minimizes power consumption in heavy industrial facilities. Ember and Honeywell plan to develop monitoring applications to stem energy loss from industrial components like steam traps, electric motors, etc.

GI Partners Acquires The Linc Group. 

GI Partners, a $526 million private equity fund, announced the acquisition of The Linc Group, a Houston-based provider of mission-critical facility management services in a management-led buyout. The Linc Group entities, most recently known as ServiceCo, were formerly owned by Enron Energy Services. The Linc Group is distinguished as being one of the oldest mechanical service and facility management firms in the US, with two of the four companies celebrating their 25th anniversaries next month, with over 15,000 facilities served and over $170 million in annual revenue. The company has four operating companies - Affiliated Business Services, Linc Corporation, Linc Service Holdings, and Integrated Process Technologies. Collectively, The Linc Group currently services over 15,000 facilities through a workforce totaling 1,400 employees. The Linc Group generates more than $170 million in services revenue annually.

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