Archive for February, 2012


February 28, 2012

The northeast college my daughter is attending has established the sustainability goals outlined below:

30% less energy use than ASHRAE standards for all new buildings and renovations over $5 million with a goal of achieving 50% less energy use
 Establishment of energy modeling and building energy intensity standards
 Reduction of average energy intensity to 150,000 BTU/SF/YEAR in labs and 50,000 BTU/SF/YEAR in office spaces
 Maximize the effective use of existing and new space and facilities

These appear to be achievable goals.

Given current lack of care for our remarkably scarce natural resources, similar goals should be adopted by every enterprise. Your grandchildren will thank you.

Weekend Links

February 24, 2012


Con Edison Transmission Planning Criteria as submitted to the NYISO. The criteria include reactive power minimum standards for new distributed generation sources.


Is the cold weather in Europe this winter a temporary anomaly or a multi-year trend? 

Recreation Building in Peekskill NY

February 21, 2012

MeXSI Inc just completed an ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Study and secured a $103,300. grant for energy improvements in the renovation of this natatorium and gym, sourced from the System Benefit Charge.

Weekend Links

February 17, 2012

Design Innovations

Robotic gripper from I-Robot and Cornell University mechanical engineers uses the particulate matter characteristics of coffee grounds.

* Sunlight Responsive Thermochromic glazing is DOE-funded technology which offers energy savings  >17 % 

Another approach to glazing chromatic control is available from Sage Glass.

2% cement concrete mix using fly-ash as cement substitute wins 2011 ASCE award. In 2003 we received a citation for a fly-ash for cement substitute application at our Elephant Restraint Building at the Bronx Zoo.

Material Safety Data Sheet for No. 6 Oil (Hess Corporation)

photo Eugenia C. Behar

NYSEG Correspondence

February 16, 2012

“Dear Trade Ally:

“Yes, funding is still available for the NYSEG and RG&E’s Commercial and Industrial Rebate Program. Please help us be sure that your customers are getting the full benefits of our program for energy efficiency upgrades or replacements. We have two types of rebates available:

“Prescriptive Rebates include lighting and controls, unitary HVAC, HVAC chillers, and natural gas furnaces, boilers and controls. (We are always looking for ways to enhance the program and may add more equipment and/or change rebate amounts.)

“Custom Rebates: If a project doesn’t qualify for a Prescriptive Rebate it might qualify for a Custom Rebate that  will generally pay up to half of the incremental cost of the energy efficient equipment. In order to qualify, measures must be cost-effective with a total resource cost of at least 1.0 to be confirmed by our rebate processor. Please note that all custom applications must be pre-approved.

“Some examples of measures that might qualify for Custom Rebates: variable speed drives, energy management systems, building thermal envelope upgrades, compressed air equipment, energy efficiency process improvements, daylighting systems, infrared radiant heaters, steam traps, grain dryers and heat recovery systems.”

Contact for Custom Rebate Energy Study

Weekend Links

February 4, 2012

* How low can natural gas go?

* Working gas in storage is 25% above the 5-year historical average.

Reduced natural gas drilling activity by E&P companies makes the NYS hydraulic fracturing debate moot.

* Con Edison offers incentives for customers to switch from oil to natural gas.  I have been telling clients that only customers on non-interruptible gas are eligible for incentives. Actually, that is incorrect, as it has come to light that some customers on interruptible gas pay the SBC and are eligible for incentives. The customer contract with the utility will bear out eligibility.

* Look for my colleague Richard Scott AIA at  The Association of Aquatic Professionals meeting in Austin the week of 12 February.

* Picasso’s seven tips for creating an exciting life,                      “Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”

photo at Palmyra Peak

2009 ECC 402.2.2

February 1, 2012

* Supply duct leaking: a discussion on testing as required by the Energy Conservation Code.