Energy standard changes proposed
Alterations to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, which focuses requirements for energy-efficient building design, are open for public comment.
Changes to the purpose and scope of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 and new lighting requirements are being proposed through public review. ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, provides minimum requirements for energy-efficient design of buildings except low-rise residential buildings.
Proposed additions and changes to the standard include applications not covered in the existing standard scope, such as requirements for laboratories, data center cooling, and kitchen exhausts. The change also would permit the 90.1 committee to address technologies such as computer equipment and refrigerated casework, and would extend existing requirements for envelope, space cooling, and lighting to a larger group of spaces where energy is consumed.
Part of the proposed addendum is open for public review until Feb. 2.; other parts closed in early and mid January. To read the addenda or to comment, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews .
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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