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Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment Today
May 16, 2024
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a 2-1 vote approved a rule aimed at facilitating a massive build-out of the U.S. electric system and directing U.S. electricity grid operators to plan new transmission infrastructure that can deliver more renewable energy and defend against extreme weather. The rule, Order 1920, stated that grid planners and transmission owners must look 20 years ahead to expected shifts in electricity production and long-term benefits to building and upgrading power lines. The FERC also established new requirements for allocating the costs of building high-voltage power lines among customers, pulling states deeper into issues around regional infrastructure. Read more
A new bill by the Colorado legislature will create new pathways for Colorado public schools to receive federal funding for HVAC improvements. HB24-1307, better known as the HVAC Improvements for Public Schools bill, will help school districts secure matching funds through the state to ensure the work is done by qualified workers. The legislation, first introduced in February, requires schools to satisfy certain requirements including ventilation verification, periodic inspections, HVAC adjustments, upgrades and replacements. Read more
Princess Elisabeth Island, the world’s first artificial energy island, will serve as a hub for collecting high-voltage alternating current electricity generated by offshore windfarms and sending high-voltage direct current back to shore via subsea cables. Located in the Belgium North Sea, the EU-funded project will serve as an interconnector with the UK and Denmark. Construction on Princess Elisabeth Island will be completed by 2026. Read more
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One of 23 cassions, or foundations, that will form the outside of the walls of Princess Elisabeth Island under construction in the Netherlands. Image credit: Elia Group. 
Hamed Yassaghi, Ph.D., Associate Member ASHRAE, talks with the Journal technical editor about data center IECC 2021 compliance strategies in hot climates with air-cooled chillers.
 
 
 
Data Center Energy Compliance Strategies in Hot Climates With Hamed Yassaghi
How can we keep skyscrapers warm and cool? How do solar panels take energy from the sun? For an upcoming episode of ASHRAE Journal Podcast, we’re opening the floor to to inquisitive children. Submit the engineering questions from the children in your life to be answered by Danielle Passaglia, P.E., author of Lucy’s Engineering Adventure and Lucy Goes Green. Please email questions to podcast@ashrae.org with the subject line: Ask an Engineer! Email Us
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By Adrianne Mitani, P. Eng., Member ASHRAE;  Greg Snaith, P. Eng.
The mechanical design of the multi-unit residential building at 70 Gloucester Street incorporates the innovative use of a geothermal and hybrid heat pump system, energy recovery ventilators and a wastewater energy recovery system. Download here
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A lawsuit has been filed by victims injured when an HVAC system fell into a pool at Gaylord Rockies Resort in Aurora, Colorado, on May 6, 2023. Aurora Fire Rescue said six people were injured when a large portion of steel ductwork collapsed onto the pool below that had 50 to 100 people in it. The lawsuit is against Gaylord Rockies Resort as well as 11 other defendants and claims that at the time of the collapse, the ductwork improperly contained a significant amount of water, showed a significant amount of rust corrosion on the internal surface and that the cable suspension system was grossly insufficient to support the weight of the ductwork. Read more
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