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SERDP-ESTCP.ORG – ESTCP Brings Energy to Phoenix

The 2015 Energy Exchange held in Phoenix, Arizona was the perfect setting to present ESTCP’s mission in the Energy and Water (EW) program area. Organized by the Federal Energy Management Program and hosted by the United States Department of Energy, the Energy Exchange brought together energy managers and sustainability professionals working to improve facility performance, advance the use of renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at federal sites. ESTCP technical advisor Mr. Scott Clark was a speaker for the opening session of the Energy…

SERDP-ESTCP.ORG – ClimaStat Technology Improves HVAC Efficiency

As the manager of 300,000 buildings on hundreds of military installations with an annual facility energy cost of more than $4 billion, DoD is actively seeking ways to reduce its energy costs through its Installation Energy Test Bed initiative. A recent ESTCP-funded study demonstrated a low-cost innovative technology that could provide significant cost savings by improving energy efficiency in roof- or ground-mounted heating and air conditioning systems used for small buildings of less than 100,000 square feet. Tens of thousands of these buildings exist on…

HPAC.COM – What Owners Need to Know About … Rooftop-Unit Maintenance

This article discusses impacts of deferring maintenance on rooftop package units and outlines a cost-based preventive-maintenance protocol. By MICHAEL WEST, PhD, PE, Melbourne, Fla., and RICHARD COMBES, PhD, PE, Beaufort, S.C., AdvanTek Consulting Inc. In buildings across the country, reductions in operating budgets are delaying important equipment upkeep. This article discusses impacts of deferring maintenance on rooftop package units and outlines a cost-based preventive-maintenance protocol. For new unitary air-conditioning and heat-pump systems, minimum energy-efficiency ratios (EERs) are 9.7 to 14 MBH per kilowatt, depending on…

HPAC Engineering Advisor, Colleague Receive Defense Department Honor West and Combes evaluated AdvanTek’s ClimaStat at two military installations.

HPAC Engineering Editorial Advisory Board member Michael K. West, PhD, PE, building-systems scientist, (above, right) and Richard Combes, PhD, PE, energy-efficiency engineer, of AdvanTek Inc., Melbourne, Fla.-based consulting firm specializing in facility performance, systems engineering, and resource efficiency, recently received the 2013 Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Energy and Water Project of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Defense. As part of an ESTCP-funded study of low-cost technologies for improving the energy efficiency of roof- or ground-mounted heating and air-conditioning systems for…