Standard 90.1 open for public review
Proposed changes to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010 would improve lighting and equipment efficiencies.
Among them are five proposed changes related to HVAC+R equipment efficiencies. These include addendum bp, which would add minimum efficiencies for evaporative condensers used in ammonia based refrigeration systems, and updates references to cooling tower standards published by the Cooling Technology Institute.
Specifically, the proposed requirements of addendum bp will help users to select energy efficient evaporative condensers as well as encourage manufacturers to develop more energy efficient designs in the future. It is also anticipated that future editions will incorporate requirements for an independent, third-party thermal performance certification program for evaporate condensers, which has proven successful for both open and closed circuit cooling towers.
Also among the proposed changes to the standard is addendum bh, which would modify the long-standing interior space-by-space lighting power density (LPD) tables for a variety of purposes, according to Eric Richman, chair of the lighting subcommittee. This includes an adjustment to some of the space type LPDs based on the light level design recommendations found in the new 10th edition Lighting Handbook published by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).
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Annual Salary Survey
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.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey