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Building Energy Performance Rating Protocols Evaluated by ASHRAE

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KANSAS CITY, MO. - Development of a standard method to compare energy performance in buildings should result in improved energy efficiency. In the past, practitioners have developed their own sense of what constitutes an energy-efficient building based on experience, the types of activities within specific buildings and any history of achieving reductions in energy use in comparable buildings. An evaluation of existing building energy performance rating protocols is being developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). 

ASHRAE Studies Impact of IAQ on Classroom Performance

KANSAS CITY, MO. - Is it possible that Johnny can't read because Johnny can't breathe? Upper respiratory tract infections account for most short-term absenteeism in schools, while allergy, asthma and symptoms of sick building syndrome contribute to longer absences. Absenteeism clearly affects school performance. Appropriate classroom design and operation can reduce symptom severity and incidence of complaints among children, according to published data. Research to determine whether indoor air quality conditions in classrooms are negatively impacting children's health and their performance in school is being conducted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Assistance Provided by FAA - ASHRAE Examines Link Between Cabin Air Quality, Health Problems

ATLANTA - Does flying make you sick? Commercial aircraft passengers and crew have reported symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation, respiratory distress, headache, fatigue, dizziness and nausea. However, limited investigations conducted to date by government agencies, research groups and airplane manufacturers have not shown associations between cabin air quality and reported symptoms. Contaminants in cabin air have not been measured on a sufficient number of flights to draw firm conclusions. Research examining the link between cabin air quality and health is being funded by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

ASHRAE approved funding totaling $986,953 for eight research projects in the areas of indoor air quality, comfort and health, energy conservation, operating and maintenance tools, environmentally safe materials and design tools at its 2003 Annual Meeting. 

Control Solutions, Inc ASHRAE Announces Technical Program for 2004 Winter Meeting

ATLANTA - ASHRAE will get back to the basics - ventilation, energy conservation and refrigeration - in the technical program at its 2004 Winter Meeting. One hundred sessions will be presented at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' meeting, which takes place Jan. 24-28, in Anaheim, Calif., at the Anaheim Convention Center.

A complete listing of technical program sessions can be found at

IP Access Launched ASHRAE Expands Web-Based Access to Technical Information

ATLANTA - Access to technical information from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has been greatly expanded through a new Web-based service. The Internet protocol (IP) access program provides private and public libraries, government agencies, research organizations, universities and corporations with access to articles from ASHRAE Journal, ASHRAE Transactions and the International Journal of HVAC&R Research for an annual fee. Licensees will register IP addresses, which are unique identifiers for a computer on a network. Any user who connects to the site through a registered IP address will automatically be allowed access to site content approved for that license. No log-in or password will be needed to access the content. There will be no limits on the number of concurrent users from the IP. Users will be able to search for content using the existing Bookstore search tools. The service is part of ASHRAE's Roadmap for the ASHRAE Web Site, which calls for ASHRAE to increase its visibility by offering better access to technical information.

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