January 25 HVAC&R Industry Newsletter T1
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Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment Today
January 25, 2024
Shipping containers are used in the Monarch Village temporary housing development in Lawrence, Kansas. Source: Dan Rockhill
Although shipping containers have become a popular sustainable housing option, some regulations prohibit use of heavily used shipping containers, and some experts argue new containers would be better put to use for their original purpose. Importantly for sustainability, temperature regulation is difficult in the steel containers, leading to high energy bills. Read more
Thirteen pilot projects in New York state will replace gas pipelines with infrastructure to power carbon-free heat pumps. These projects' goal is cutting fossil fuels and carbon emissions out of the gas utility business in New York and will require digging trenches, laying pipelines and installing equipment for ground-source heat pumps. These underground thermal networks range from dense midtown Manhattan commercial centers to low-income housing, and from neighborhoods in the Hudson Valley to the upstate town of Ithaca. Read more
Octopus Energy has invested £200m in a green tech firm to recycle wasted heat from computer data processing centers to heat up to 150 public swimming pools in the U.K., at the same time cooling the computers. This energy solution is expected to expand to leisure centers across the country over the next two years. Processing data generates a lot of wasted heat, which Deep Green’s scheme aims to repurpose to provide free heat for energy-intensive organizations. Read more
Using Energy from Data Centers to Heat Public Swimming Pools
Deep Green has already piloted using energy from computer data processing centres to heat swimming pools. Credit: Dominic Lipinski | PA
ASHRAE Journal
By Joseph W. Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE
Columnist Joseph Lstiburek discusses why the environmental separator you use in a building matters, how we are currently fumbling energy codes and how to construct buildings that meet the modern day needs of the built environment. Download here
ASHRAE is pleased to announce its nominees for the 2024-25 slate of officers and directors. Nominations for officers and directors were made by the ASHRAE Nominating Committee from a list recommended by individual members and from Chapters Regional Conferences. Read more
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In Case You Missed It
In December, the U.K. government supported a proposal to standardize the use of heat pumps in new homes by 2025. Heat pumps are a cleaner alternative to gas boilers, which are responsible for 16% of the U.K.’s planet-warming pollution. To make this technology more accessible, the Swedish startup Aira intends to provide a monthly subscription service including installation and servicing. This business model aims to solve the problems of accessibility and reliability and has earned the startup the moniker “the Spotify of heat pumps.” Read more
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