December 14 HVAC&R Industry Newsletter T1
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Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment Today
December 14, 2023
Nearly 200 countries agreed Wednesday to move away from planet-warming fossil fuels: the first time they’ve made that crucial pledge in decades of U.N. climate talks though many warned the deal still had significant shortcomings. The agreement was approved without the floor fight many feared, and is stronger than a draft floated earlier in the week that angered several nations. But it didn’t call for an outright phasing out of oil, gas and coal, and it gives nations significant wiggle room in their “transition” away from those fuels. Read more
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced results of an analysis highlighting that, deployed at mass scale, geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) could decarbonize heating and cooling and save energy in U.S. buildings while reducing the need for new grid transmission. The analysis finds that, coupled with building envelope improvements, retrofitting around 70% of U.S. buildings with GHPs could reduce electricity demand by as much as 13% by 2050 versus decarbonizing without GHPs. This reduction in demand would avoid as much as 24,500 miles of new grid transmission lines by 2050—enough to cross the continental United States eight times. Read more
ASHRAE Journal Podcast
Join ASHRAE Journal Managing Editor Kelly Barraza and ASHRAE President Ginger Scoggins as they discuss tackling the climate crisis, approaching issues of cost when implementing decarbonization strategies and what’s in store for the rest of Scoggins’ tenure.
Tackling the Climate Crisis With 2023–24 ASHRAE President Ginger Scoggins
Ginger Scoggins, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, 2023-24 ASHRAE President
Honeywell is buying Carrier Global Corp.'s security division for $4.95 billion as it looks to strengthen its building automation capabailities. Carrier Global Access Solutions business provides advanced access and security solutions, electronic locking systems and contactless mobile key solutions. The all-cash deal includes hardware and software capabilities and the LenelS2, Onity and Supra brands. Read more
New research warns of the heightened risk of respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia during the winter season. The rise in cases is attributed to escalating air pollution levels and the drop in temperature. Maintaining indoor air quality is essential and can be achieved by minimizing the use of chemical cleaners, opting for natural ventilation and using air purifiers. Read more
In Other News
ASHRAE Journal
Feature of the Week
By Brendon J. Burley, Ph.D, P.E., Member ASHRAE
In October 2022, the White House convened an indoor air quality summit of government
agencies and experts from public and private organizations to discuss public policy
that could be adopted in response to lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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ASHRAE has unveiled the preliminary technical program for its highly anticipated 2024 ASHRAE Winter Conference, taking place January 20-24, 2024, in Chicago, IL. The technical program can be found online and in the ASHRAE 365 app. Read more
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UK’s Unique Heat-Capturing Glass Tubes Are Keeping U.S. Freshmen Warm

Heating and cooling needs account for 50% of energy demand, and using the Sun's heat directly is an effective method to curb fossil fuel requirements. A UK-based solar energy startup has a different way of tapping into the renewable source. Its approach can be classified as a solar thermal energy system that harnesses the heat from the Sun and uses it directly for heating applications instead of trying to store it in a battery. Read more
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