Each month RTM explores the top news and headlines affecting the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) communities.
ASHRAE Aims to Hike Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings
ASHRAE recently announced that Guideline 34P, which stands for “Energy Guideline for Historic Buildings” and was developed by the 34P committee, will be open until May 2 for a second comment period. This approach improves energy efficiency in historic buildings, according to committee member William Rose. The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) formerly gave these structures blanket exemptions from energy codes, however, that practice ended last year. Rose spoke on the issue and said a case must be made to the IECC to win the exemption. Click here to see why older generation buildings have a higher native level of energy efficiency.
AIA: Architecture Billings Index Ends First Quarter on Upswing
Architecture Billings Index (ABI) released March highlights reflecting consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was up from the mark of 50.3 to 51.9, from the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month to 58.1. Click here to see the full March ABI highlights.
Energy Efficiency Touted As Cheaper and Better Than Building New Power Plants
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) reports that it will cost 3.5 cents a kilowatt hour (kWh) saved to implement some successful energy-saving programs, this is less than previous estimates released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at 7.5 cents per kWh saved. According to Adam Bickford with the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, utilities are offering everything from commercial lighting products to heating and cooling equipment. Click here to see Tucson Electric Power and Xcel Energy Colorado energy savings so far.
The Hyperchair Gives Employees Access to Their Own Personal Set of Climate Controls
Trying to figure out how to keep all of your employees happy in terms of temperature in the office? In addition to using effective HVAC systems (such as those that RTM designs), the Hyperchair offers a personalized option that could be beneficial especially when heating and cooling individuals in an open office layout. Hyperchair looks just like a regular office chair, with one major difference: it actively heats or cools the person sitting in it. Users can adjust the temperature of the chair by using an onboard control panel on the side of the chair or by using a handy smartphone app. The Hyperchair not only will reduce heating and cooling costs and maximize employee comfort, but it also can help a company become more environmentally friendly. Click here to see how much it will cost you to add this innovative chair into your office space.