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Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment Today
May 30, 2024
Tesla continues to face delays with its Dojo data center project in Austin, Texas, following problems with construction planning implementation, the firing of the project’s director of infrastructure and finding qualified contractors. Though more contractors are entering the space due to the rising demand, hyperscalers and data center owners may still face challenges in finding a qualified workforce,  as well as issues with procuring generators, power supply systems, electrical switchgear and power distribution units, which often pushes back the construction timeline for these projects. Read more
Tesla is working on developing a data center at its headquarters in Austin, Texas, but the project is currently facing delays.
Samsung announced a joint venture with Lennox to expand HVAC system sales in North America. Aimed at apartment complexes, the HVAC systems will be connected with Samsung's other devices through SmartThings, a home automation system owned by the South Korean tech giant. The partnership will be formed in the second half of 2024 and sell ductless AC and heat pump products in the US and Canada, with Samsung owning 50.1% of the venture and Lennox 49.9%.  Read more
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) will be establishing the first federal research center, The Center of Excellence for Heat Resilient Communities, focused on bolstering community resilience to local heat impacts. It will be operated with Arizona State University, receiving a $2.25 million grant from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Researchers will be working with more than 50 other partner institutions to identify and evaluate policies and lessons for heat resilience that could be applied nationwide, per UCLA. Read more
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. This column appears in the May 2024 issue of ASHRAE Journal. Check out the column here.
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 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
ASHRAE Journal
By Tracy Steward, Member ASHRAE; Tom Nicolas, P.E., Member ASHRAE; Jonathan Rogers, P.E., Member ASHRAE 
When designing and constructing the third headquarters for CMTA Energy Solutions, goals established for the building project included follow the design process as laid out in the ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guide for zero-energy small to medium office buildings, prioritizing the health and wellness of the occupants and leading by example in cost-effective decarbonization to achieve zero operational carbon. Download here
On May 21, ASHRAE technical experts Dr. Bill Bahnfleth and Dr. Marwa Zaartari presented at the Federal Facilities Council that assembled to address the topic “Clean Air as a Public Health Strategy: What are the Priorities?” Government agencies attending the meeting included the U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. ASHRAE Standards 62.1, 170 and 241 were highlighted as well as Guideline 44P. Other panelists identified adequate operations and maintenance as key to achieving good indoor air quality. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine hosted the meeting as part of its “Health in Buildings Roundtable.” Read more
In Case You Missed It
A groundbreaking approach employing quantum physics could enhance storage capabilities in batteries, enabling them to accumulate power at a quicker pace than traditional electrochemical cells. Physicists from National Cheng Kung University have devised a new procedure that could turn the conceptual fast-charging quantum battery into a workable model. Rather than using a real battery, the experiment involved a confined ion in a superposition known as a qubit. Read more
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