Archive | July, 2011
July 29, 2011

Rental & Staging Roadshow Kicked Off in NYC

Rental & Staging Roadshow Kicked Off in NYC

The Rental & Staging Roadshow kicked off its 2011 tour in NYC to a packed house and good weather on Wednesday, July 27, at the Metropolitan Pavilion!  Highlights from the event were Tom Stimson’s keynote, 21 Century Sales and Andre LeJeune’s technical presentation, Project Management for Live Events.

Catch the Roadshow at its next stop in Toronto at The Capitol Event Theatre on Wednesday, August 10. Register today! 

July 20, 2011

Largest Lunch & Tour Held at Pennsylvania Convention Center

Largest Lunch & Tour Held at Pennsylvania Convention Center

InfoComm partnered with Acentech, AVI-SPL, Biamp and Chief to host a 2-hour technology lunch and tour of the newly renovated Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on July 14, 2011.

The event is the latest in InfoComm’s Lunch & Tour series aimed at audiovisual industry outreach to architects. Architects were treated to an hour panel presentation from expert panelists who were involved in the audiovisual installation for the Pennsylvania Convention Center from inception through completion. Following the presentation, architects were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the latest technology installed at the Convention Center. Highlights of the tour included digital signage innovations in meeting rooms and the grand entrance, the AV control room, a state of the art digital recording room and an integrated emergency PA system throughout the building. Visit our photo gallery.

The event was attended by 43 Philadelphia area architects, which makes it the largest InfoComm Lunch & Tour to date. InfoComm continues to be an AIA cornerstone partner and attendees earned two AIA/CES Learning Units. InfoComm is grateful to its member companies who are willing to partner together for outreach programs showcasing the best our industry has to offer.

July 11, 2011

Bonjour from Montreal, Quebec, Canada!

Bonjour from Montreal, Quebec, Canada!

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) held their annual conference last week and InfoComm was there!

“Sustainability Knows No Borders!” was the appropriately themed conference consisting of five days of standards-writing, technical presentations and committee meetings addressing commercial building sustainability internationally. The following are some items of interest to our industry:

  • The GreenGuide, ASHRAE’s Handbook on “green” technologies, was discussed at its sponsoring Technical Committee (TC) meeting in an attempt to make it more relevant and timely.  It was suggested the GreenGuide may be more useful as a major ASHRAE online document that addresses ALL green standards and guides.  A possible companion piece may a “green wiki” for ASHRAE member refinement and additions. Another thought was to turn the book in to a “best practices” for ASHRAE sustainability design criteria. Consideration will be given to use the GreenGuide for High Performance Building designer certification.
  • TC 7.5 Smart Building Systems met during the conference and announced that the ASHRAE Board has approved development of a new chapter in the Applications Handbook to be titled “Smart Building Systems.” Four sections are proposed: 1.smart technologies for building systems; 2. sensing and actuating systems (wireless); 3. automated fault diagnostic detection; and 4.smart grid integration. An additional section was proposed to cover integration of IT systems with traditional building systems. The proposed timeline suggests publication no earlier than 2015, but there is potential for an electronic version to be out by 2013.  It appears that ASHRAE’s Smart Building Technology (SBT)/Intelligent Building Technology (IBT) focus is centered on wireless technology.
  • ASHRAE 189.2 Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable High-Performance Health Care Facilities, an extension to ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design High-Performance Green Buildings, is still under development with a first draft recently sent out as an APR (advanced public review). Forty comments were returned, mostly stating that the standard is not needed. A third 189.2 draft is proposed to come out soon. It is important to note that the  sustainability/green/energy efficiency conversation is moving from prescriptive/performance standards to outcome-based standards. Outcome-based standards set time-based energy budgets for building operation. This is total whole building energy, not just HVAC/lighting budgets, and would include all energy used for AV systems.
    Further, this concept/proposal involves post Certificate of Occupancy (CoO) provision that requires inspection, auditing and reporting after the building is occupied and on a regular and ongoing basis.

ASHRAE Publications with Sustainability Content

2009 Fundamentals Volume Chapter 8 “Thermal  Comfort,” Chapter 9 “Indoor Environmental Health,” Chapter 17  “Energy Resources,” Chapter 27 “Ventilation and Infiltration.”

2011 HVAC Applications Volume Chapter 32 “Geothermal  Energy,” Chapter 33 “Solar Energy Use,” Chapter 35 “Energy  Use and Management,” Chapter 47 “Sound and Vibration Control.”

ASHRAE GreenGuide — This nearly 200-page green guide  offers essential reference and guidance to HVAC&R system designers involved  in green or sustainable building design. The GreenGuide is a step-by-step  manual for the entire building lifecycle, from the very earliest stages of a green  building design project and through to the resulting structure’s construction,  operation, maintenance and eventual demolition.

Advanced Energy Design Guide For Small Office Buildings For developing energy-efficient buildings, the Advanced Energy Design Guide  provides a sensible approach by including practical products and readily-available, “off-the-shelf” technology. The guide offers all the tools  you need to create an energy-efficient building where the owners will see a 30% energy savings compared to buildings that only meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1.

Standard 189.1-2009 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, a jurisdictional compliance option of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), covers the key topic areas of sustainability, water-use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and the building’s effect on the atmosphere, materials and resources.

189.1 Users Manual The user’s manual helps users of Standard 189.1-2009 understand its principles and requirements and how to comply with them.

Standard 90.1-2010Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings The purpose of this standard is to provide minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of buildings except low-rise residential buildings.

Standard 90.1-2010 User’s Manual This user’s manual provides detailed instruction for the design of commercial and high-rise residential buildings to ensure their compliance with ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004.

Standard 90.2-2007 Energy-Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings The purpose of this standard is to provide minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of residential buildings.

Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits provides purchasers and providers of energy audit services with a complete definition of good procedures for an energy survey and analysis.

Standard 55-2010 — Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy This standard specifies the combinations of indoor space environment and personal factors that will produce thermal environmental conditions acceptable to 80% or more of the occupants within a space.

Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality The purpose of this standard is to specify minimum ventilation rates and indoor air quality that will be acceptable to human occupants and are intended to minimize the potential for adverse health effects.

Standard 62.2-2007Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings This standard defines the roles of and minimum requirements for mechanical and natural ventilation systems and the building envelope intended to provide acceptable indoor air quality in low-rise residential buildings.

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