Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability
ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8

Meetings Information

Technical sessions sponsored/cosponsored by this TC at the Houston Annual Meeting are listed below:

Sunday, June 24, 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Forum 1 (Intermediate) Expanding Our Perceptions of Building Performance: Updating Standard 105

Track: HVAC&R Systems and Equipment

Room: 372CF

Sponsors: 7.6 - Building Energy Performance and 2.8 - Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

Chair: J. Patrick Carpenter, P.E., Facility Performance Engineers, Cinnaminson, NJ

Standard 105 which provides a method of building energy performance determination, expression and comparison was last revised in 2014. The expanding use of energy benchmarking in many parts of the country reflects the increasing awareness of the impacts of building performance on the environment. There is also growing concern about the impact of buildings on water consumption. Guidance with evaluating these impacts is important to many designs as well as potential legislation. Feedback from the industry on the current standard will help TC 7.6 begin the process of reviewing, updating or expanding this standard.

 

Sunday, June 24, 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Workshop 3 (Advanced) New ASHRAE Hot Climate Design Guide

Track: Residential Modern Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates

Room: 372AD

Sponsors: MTG.HCDG - Hot Climate Design Guide , 2.8 - Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability and Publications Committee Chairs: Melvin G Glass, EMC Engineers, El Paso, TX and Frank Mills, CEng, Frank Mills Consulting, Leyland, United Kingdom

• Understand the alternative approaches to hot climate design which take account of local climate factors, passive solar design, thermal mass, evaporative cooling and occupancy factors

• Define climate issues which affect design approach in hot humid, hot dry (arid) and hot windy locations

• Identify the principle design factors toward successful low energy buildings in hot climates

• Be aware of the design tools which can be used to assist optimum design of buildings in hot climates, particlularly options for passive/air conditioned/hybrid/designs. This presentation is a working session which invites ASHRAE members to input into the new guide and to contribute ideas and requests.

1. The New ASHRAE Hot Climate Design Guide

Melvin G Glass, Member, EMC Engineers, El Paso, TX


Tuesday, June 26, 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Seminar 46 (Intermediate) Comparing the Energy, Emissions and Economic Impacts of Buildings in Energy Performance Calculations

Track: Fundamentals and Applications

Room: 371AB

Sponsors: 2.8 - Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability and Residential Building

Committee Chair: Larry Brand, Gas Technology Institute, Davis, CA

• Describe how the energy, emissions and economics impact calculation framework can be used in energy performance comparisons

• Explain how the EEE framework complements the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and 189.1 performance calculation methods

• Understand how to apply the relative valuation of metrics in determining energy performance compared to a baseline

• Apply the EEE Impact methodology to a residential building energy performance comparison Measuring and comparing technology and building energy performance equitably with minimum unintended consequences has been challenging for decades. One reason is the use of a single metric such as energy cost to determine and compare performance of different options. With increased focus on environmental impacts, the energy cost metric may be incomplete or misleading.

 

This seminar describes a new way to evaluate performance based on relative valuation of metrics related to energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and cost (EEE) impacts. Application and benefits of the EEE impacts approach in ASHRAE standards and other initiatives are discussed.

 

Tuesday, June 26, 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Seminar 48 (Advanced) New ASHRAE Hot Climate Design Guide

Track: Residential Modern Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates

Room: 372BE

Sponsors: MTG.HCDG - Hot Climate Design Guide and 2.8 - Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

Chair: Frank Mills, CEng, Frank Mills Consulting, Leyland, United Kingdom

• Develop strategies for cooling in hot climates • Identify the scope for passive design and where mechanical systems will be needed

• Describe the energy usage patterns of buildings in hot climates and possible strategies for net zero

• Develop proposals for external cooling of areas around buildings in hot climates

 

This seminar provides information on the scope and content of the new guide and invites ASHRAE members and others to comment and contribute new ideas. This guide is proposing new low carbon design solutions and also ways to integrate traditional 'passive solar' concepts into modern buildings. The seminar covers building design and also external cooling of areas around buildings and semi external spaces such a Atriums, where members of the public may want to gather, meet sit, eat, drink, relax and in some cases even work. Hybrid and passive designs are explored to consider applications

1. The New ASHRAE Hot Climate Design Guide Frank Mills, CEng, Life Member, Frank Mills Consulting, Leyland, United Kingdom

2. Low Energy Cooling Techniques in Hot Climates Including External Melvin G Glass, Member, EMC Engineers, El Paso, TX

 

Wednesday, June 27, 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Seminar 59 (Intermediate) Beneficial Carbon Reduction Strategies: Cogeneration, Electrification and Consumer Options

Track: District Energy and Cogeneration Plants

Room: 372BE

Sponsor: 2.8 - Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

Chair: Kevin Brown, P.E., The Linc Group, Atlanta, GA

• Explain the impacts that existing building energy policies have on the tradeoffs between incumbent fuel sources, new distributed energy resources and energy efficiency

• Understand how building energy policies can evolve to accommodate and encourage the market adoption of zero energy and zero carbon buildings

• Distinguish the role of electrification of previously fossil-fueled end uses from other approaches to carbon emission reduction

• Identify the role of CHP and other affordable options as alternatives to electrification in a balanced carbon emission reduction strategy

 

High performance building technologies such as combined heat and power, heat pumps, and photovoltaic panels can be an integral part of beneficial greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies. Rapid advancements in each of these areas, along with dynamic changes in the electric grid, are creating opportunities and challenges when trying to determine a balanced approach to achieving the ultimate goal of zero carbon emissions. Diverse viewpoints on technology improvements, polices that may inadvertently or intentionally favor one type of fuel over another and emission reduction options that provide consumer and societal benefits are shared.

1. Getting to Zero Carbon: Distributed Energy Source Strategies and Options

Jim Edelson, Member, New Building Institute, Vancouver, WA

2. Electrification, Cogeneration and Emissions Efficiency

David Farnsworth, Regulatory Assistance Project, Montpelier, VT

3. Retaining Worthy Consumer Options for Carbon Reduction

Neil Leslie, Member, Gas Technology Institute, Des Plaines, IL

 

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