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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

New EH&E Inc. Program Improves Fire & Life Safety Compliance During & After Construction at Hospitals

EH&E LogoNeedham, Mass., November 20, 2014 — EH&E, a leading provider of risk management, environmental and engineering consulting services, has introduced a new inspection service that assists hospitals to improve firestopping and life safety compliance during and after construction projects.

Construction, renovation, maintenance, and tele-data upgrades are constant at hospitals. The complexity and pace of these projects can lead to unexpected compromises in firewall barriers — creating both compliance problems and safety issues.

EH&E’s new Firestopping and Life Safety Management program, designed in conjunction with Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), shows hospitals how to cost effectively resolve construction-related compliance deficiencies and set the foundation for maintaining life safety and firewall barrier systems throughout the life of their buildings.

By addressing the root causes of firewall breaches and enabling the proactive identification and resolution of fire and life safety deficiencies during construction, the hospital starts with a safe and compliant building at the time of occupation. The hospital saves costs because rather than inheriting fire safety deficiencies from construction, the responsibility for repairs is placed with the contractor. In addition, the program’s “continuous compliance” focus ensures that proper procedures will be followed during ongoing maintenance and future renovations. Field inspectors utilize mobile devices to note conditions and provide photographic documentation that is instantly uploaded to a secure website for real-time notification to the contractors followed by auto-tracking of resolution, acceptance and record keeping.

At BWH, program results included greater than 96% compliance with The Joint Commission, and an estimated savings of more than $1 per square foot of floor area through the repair of firewall deficiencies prior to occupancy.

This summer, the program won the 2014 IFMA Boston Excellence Award for Best Practices in Sustainability, honored for setting “a new benchmark” and establishing “a model of best practices.”

For more information on EH&E’s new Firestopping and Life Safety Management program, or to download a case study detailing the BWH project, visit http://www.eheinc.com/firesafety_hospital_wp.htm.

About EH&E

EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of risk management, environmental and engineering consulting services for over 25 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. Our focus on “evidence-based decision making” and advanced capabilities in analytics and technology innovation enables clientsto achieve and quantify optimal performance from their people and assets. EH&E is the partner of choice for reduced organizational risk, improved business outcomes, faster time to problem resolution and greater stakeholder satisfaction.


Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

How to Harness Microsoft SharePoint as a Powerful Solution for Environmental Health & Safety Management — New EH&E White Paper

How to Harness Microsoft SharePoint as a Powerful Solution for Environmental Health & Safety Management — New EH&E White PaperNeedham, Mass.— October 7, 2014 — A new whitepaper details how Environmental Health & Safety managers can use Microsoft® SharePoint®to cut administration time and costs by automating routine EHS program tasks. The paper shows how, with SharePoint, EHS managers are automating the grossly inefficient burdens of manually transcribing, entering, processing, and reporting the data throughout an organization. Titled Microsoft SharePoint: A Powerful Solution for Environmental Health and Safety,” the new whitepaper is available to download from EH&E, Inc. at http://www.eheinc.com/sharepoint_ehs_wp.htm.

The paper demonstrates how EHS managers can easily use SharePoint — already available in many companies — to share and track compliance schedules and documentation; automate processes; collect data; and manage reviews, approvals, and reports that provide a complete picture of EHS program compliance. Tightly integrated with Office, SharePoint easily absorbs Word® and Excel® files, and synchronizes calendars with Outlook® — streamlining both use and communication.

Written specifically for EHS managers, the new paper includes overviews on the overall power of SharePoint, harnessing SharePoint for EHS management; utilizing mobile devices for data capture and integration; and numerous additional benefits for EHS applications. Download Microsoft SharePoint: A Powerful Solution for Environmental Health and Safety from EH&E, Inc. at http://www.eheinc.com/sharepoint_ehs_wp.htm.

The paper is authored by EH&E, a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services. Its EHS Automation Consulting services help companies and institutions achieve greater compliance, time and cost savings by automating their environmental health and safety programs with Microsoft SharePoint. For more information, call 1-800-825-5343 or visit www.eheinc.com/ehe_web_solutions.htm.

About EH&E

EH&E (www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 25 years. The EH&E team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E’s EHS Automation Consulting services help companies and institutions achieve greater compliance, time and cost savings by fully automating their environmental, health and safety programs with Microsoft SharePoint. For more information, call 1-800-825-5343 or visit www.eheinc.com/ehe_web_solutions.htm.

 


Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

EH&E and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Win IFMA Excellence Award for Advancing Fire, Life Safety in Construction Practices

IFMA award ceremony 2014.cNeedham, Mass., — July 22, 2014 — EH&E, a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services, has won the 2014 IFMA Boston Excellence Award for Best Practices in Sustainability for a joint project conducted with Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). The award honors a new approach — commissioned by BWH and designed by EH&E — that “sets a new benchmark” and establishes a “model of best practices” for the improvement of fire and life safety compliance during and after construction of healthcare facilities.

The IFMA Award for Best Practices in Sustainability was one of four Facility Management Achievement awards presented at a ceremony in June 2014.

Construction, renovation, maintenance and tele/data upgrades are a constant in hospitals across the US. The complexity of these projects and the pace of the schedule can lead to unexpected compromises in firewall barriers – a broadly recognized problem in hospitals.

The new approach to fire stopping and life safety management, designed by EH&E and BWH, shows hospitals how to cost effectively resolve these deficiencies and how to set the foundation for maintaining life safety and firewall barrier systems throughout the life of their buildings.

EH&E and BWH collaborated on a program to address root causes of firewall breaches and permit proactive identification and resolution of fire and life safety deficiencies during construction. The program ensures issues are addressed during construction so the hospital starts with a safe and compliant building at the time it is occupied. The hospital saves costs because they are not inheriting fire safety deficiencies — responsibility for repairs is put back on the contractor. The program also includes implementation of a “continuous compliance” program to insure proper procedures are followed during renovation and maintenance activities throughout the life of the building.

This new fire stopping and life safety management program was implemented on new construction and renovation projects at BWH. The result is greater than 96% compliance with The Joint Commission and an estimated savings of more than $10,000 per each 10,000 square feet of floor area through the repair of firewall deficiencies prior to occupancy.

“This program improves our construction and maintenance performance and fosters collaboration amongst the teams, provides the documentation to have confidence in our continuous compliance, and maintains budget neutrality when we account for the significant costs avoided in having to address corrective actions after occupancy. This program is a home run for patients, employees, first responders and BWH,” said Stephen Dempsey, Director of Facilities Planning and Construction at Partners HealthCare, the umbrella organization for BWH.

The award submission detailing this groundbreaking project is available for download at: http://www.eheinc.com/firesafety_hospital_wp.htm.

About EH&E

EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 25 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients.


Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Honeywell Fall Protection Solutions Supports National Safety Stand-Down, June 2 – 6

SMITHFIELD, R.I., May 27, 2014 — In an effort to raise awareness for worker safety, Honeywell (NYSE:HON), manufacturer of Miller fall protection solutions, will partner with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to support a nationwide event to promote better safety on construction sites to prevent falls.

The weeklong event, National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, June 2-6, 2014, is focused on recognizing hazards and preventing falls by getting the message out to America’s employers that safety pays, and falls cost.

“According to OSHA, falls account for more than a third of all deaths — the highest number of fatalities — in the U.S. construction industry,” said Ravi Ramanathan, general manager, Fall Protection for Honeywell Safety Products-Americas. “Falls can be prevented with strong, enduring safety cultures that incorporate all four cornerstones of success: leadership, education, analytics and equipment.”

OSHA is asking employers and workers to “stand-down,” or pause their workdays during the week, to talk about fall prevention in construction, and discuss topics like ladder safety, scaffolding safety and roofing work safety.

Honeywell Safety Products will host special “Miller Fall Protection Road Shows” at companies and work sites around the United States. Miller Road Show presentations demonstrate the forces associated with falls through on-site drop tests, explain how various shock absorbers and/or deceleration devices safely arrest falls, and teach people the ABC’s of fall protection. Also included are instructions on how to calculate fall clearance, updates on OSHA regulations and ANSI standards, solutions for common fall protection problems, and demonstrations of new fall protection products and systems.

In addition, the Miller brand will be featured on informational billboards promoting the National Safety Stand-Down in 30 cities around the country.

For more information about activities Honeywell Safety Products will conduct in support of the National Safety Stand-Down, please visit the following websites or contact the Honeywell Customer Care in the US at 800-430-5490, or in Canada at 888-212-7233.

About Miller Fall Protection Products

Miller is a world leading brand in fall protection solutions, including: personal fall protection equipment; engineered fall arrest systems; collective fall prevention/barrier solutions; and professional services including training, audits, consulting, product inspection and repairs. For over 65 years, products labeled with the Miller brand have protected those working at height in a wide range of industries including construction, oil and gas, telecommunications, wind energy, transportation, mining, general industry, utilities and more.

About Honeywell Safety Products

Honeywell Safety Products (HSP), a global manufacturer of leading personal protective equipment (PPE) and provider of safety solutions, helps company employees make safer decisions on their own and build an enduring culture of safety. With world class brands such as Honeywell®, Uvex®, North®, Howard Leight®, Miller®, Fibre-Metal® and Servus®, HSP offers a full range of quality PPE, including: protective clothing; fall and hearing protection products; solutions that protect hands, head, feet, eyes and face; along with respiratory, welding, first-aid, lockout/tagout and traffic safety equipment. Lead them to safety—visit www.honeywellsafety.com/culture to learn more.

About Honeywell

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

 This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

April 9th Webinar Will Show Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Managers How to Automate Tasks, Save Costs with Microsoft SharePoint; Presented by EH&E

Needham, Mass.— March 25, 2014 — A free April 9th webinar will show environmental health and safety managers how to streamline their EHS programs —saving costs and time — by automating key administrative tasks with Microsoft® SharePoint®, a software platform available within most companies and institutions.

EHS programs involve numerous repetitive administrative tasks — information transcription, information transfer to responsible personnel, and follow-up notifications. These consume a significant amount of valuable labor — and take away from time spent on important EHS initiatives.

By using SharePoint’s powerful workflow tools, environmental health and safety managers can automate most routine tasks related to information processing and maintaining compliance — saving countless hours and costs while improving both program efficiency and compliance.

The webinar — “SharePoint – More than Data Storage: Workflows Automate Key EHS Administrative Tasks” — will feature real-world examples to demonstrate how SharePoint workflows can be applied to:

  • Data screening and calculations — automatically flag deficiencies, calculate and compare data to pre-determined limits
  • Task notifications — send automated alerts of pending deadlines or overdue tasks
  • Approvals — automate the routing of forms and reports for review (incident reports, risk assessments, etc.)
  • Corrective Actions — manage documentation and track completion

The webinar is designed for EHS managers and directors, safety officers, biosafety officers, laboratory managers, and administrators and IT personnel. It will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. To register, visit http://www.eheinc.com/news_workshops/sharept_workflows_ehs.htm. There is no cost to register nor attend.

“SharePoint – More than Data Storage: Workflows Automate Key EHS Administrative Tasks” will be presented by EH&E, a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services. Its EHS Automation Consulting services to help companies and institutions achieve greater compliance, time and cost savings by automating their environmental health and safety programs with Microsoft SharePoint. For more information, call 1-800-825-5343 or visit www.eheinc.com/ehe_web_solutions.htm.

About EH&E

EH&E (www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for 25 years. The EH&E team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry.

Microsoft® and SharePoint® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.


Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

EH&E Named One of The Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work in 2013

Needham, MA — November 19, 2013 –– Environmental Health & Engineering, Inc. (EH&E), a leading provider of environmental and engineering consulting services to the property management, healthcare, research, and biopharma  industries, has been named one of The Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work for 2013.

The Boston Globe’s 2013 Top Places to Work survey recognizes the most progressive companies in Massachusetts, based on employees’ opinions of key factors related to employee happiness including leadership, appreciation, career opportunities, compensation, and management practices in their organizations. This year’s results are based on a survey of 76,000 employees.

“EH&E is an employee-owned company and our people drive the growth and success of our company,” says John McCarthy, President and co-founder of EH&E. “They are passionate about their work and committed to providing customers with exceptional service.  In our 25th year, it is rewarding that their enthusiasm has earned us the distinction of being one of the best places to work in Boston.

EH&E helps businesses and institutions optimize their work environment, environmental compliance programs and building performance to prevent disruptions to vital operations and to maximize alignment with business goals. EH&E has worked with distinguished national organizations and agencies including the US Environmental Protection Agency, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Putnam Investments, Steward Health Care Network, The Broad Institute and Partners Healthcare. Our professional scientific and engineering staff provides expertise in over 80 technical disciplines, and includes internationally recognized experts in many scientific fields. EH&E brings innovative and sound scientific solutions to each business challenge our clients face. EH&E is based in Neeham, Mass. Visit our website at http://www.eheinc.com.


Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

EH&E Energy Project Receives IFMA Boston Award of Excellence 2013

Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, a member of Steward Health Care Recognized for Best Practice in Sustainability

Needham, Mass. – June 5, 2013 – EH&E’s Energy Optimization project at Good Samaritan Medical Center, a hospital in the Steward Health Care Network, has received top honors in the Best Practice Sustainable Building Operations by a Building Owner category at the International Facilities Management Association’s (IFMA) Boston Awards of Excellence ceremony.  The award was presented to Steward Health Care on behalf of Good Samaritan based on “the team whose facility management program, project, system, innovation, or idea has had a substantial, positive effect on the success of their organization”.

The project goal was to reduce energy consumption by a minimum of 10% without installing expensive capital equipment. The program achieves energy savings through a careful analysis of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and hospital operations, and then optimizing the use and performance of the existing HVAC equipment and implementing low-cost improvements. It involved close collaboration between EH&E team members and Good Samaritan’s operations staff, and achieved a final savings of over 14% for the year.

“Hospitals represent one of the greatest users of energy in this country, and are also under intense pressure to reduce costs,” says John McCarthy, President and co-founder of EH&E, a Needham, Mass.-based environmental services consulting firm. “Steward Health Care understands the importance of finding innovative ways to reduce costs without affecting patient services, and this represents a significant step in that direction. We’re proud to be a partner in a project that simultaneously strengthens our healthcare system and our environment.”

This initial success is being applied to the 10 additional hospitals in the Steward System and is expected to lower energy costs by over 2 million dollars annually.

EH&E was selected as a partner in this effort based on their demonstrated expertise in the optimization of building systems and in-depth knowledge of hospital operations.

For more information, contact EH&E directly on the web at: http://www.eheinc.com or by phone at: 1-800-825-5343.

About EH&E

EH&E (http://www.eheinc.com) has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 25 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients.


Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

White Paper Helps Solve Building & Facility Humidity & Tenant Comfort Issues

WOBURN, MASS.  A new white paper written for building and facility managers explores the challenges of — and provides the solutions to resolve — tenant complaints about the issues of high humidity and inconsistent indoor temperature. The new paper — “The Insider’s Guide to Humidity Control and Tenant Comfort” is available to download at http://resources.rawal.com/humidity-control-brief.

With people spending 90 percent of day indoors — in schools, offices, libraries, hotels, and other large facilities — it’s critical for commercial buildings to achieve indoor air quality and environmental comfort. Moreover, improving a building’s ability to deliver tenant comfort can yield benefits for facility owners — including improved system reliability, decreased maintenance costs and increased energy efficiency, notes “The Insiders Guide.”

Managers may choose from a variety of technologies increase the responsiveness of a commercial AC system to environmental changes inside and outside the building. In the paper, the various challenges of high building humidity and poor temperature control are reviewed. Remedial options are outlined, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each solution. The paper also reveals how selecting the right solution can not only resolve humidity and tenant comfort issues — but reduce energy and maintenance costs.

Download The Insider’s Guide to Humidity Control and Tenant Comfort,” from Rawal Devices, Inc., at http://resources.rawal.com/humidity-control-brief.

Rawal Devices is the manufacturer of highly efficient and cost-effective solutions that solve temperature and humidity control problems in industrial, institutional, and commercial building applications. Rawal’s APR Control makes any standard air conditioning unit a variable-capacity system. The Rawal device permits the system to extend the cycle of operation, continuously matching capacity to changing load conditions while keeping the system in a dehumidifying mode. Rawal’s unique combination of technology, expertise, and service ensures proper temperature and humidity control for greater indoor comfort, air quality, and energy savings. For more information, visit the website at http://www.rawal.com.


Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Free Employer Hearing Conservation Seminars Set for June in the Marcellus Shale Regions of Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania

SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, USA – A series of free HearForever® by Howard Leight seminars to improve employer hearing conservation programs and prevent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) on the worksite are scheduled for June in the Marcellus Shale Regions of Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Titled “HearForever®: Best Practices in Effective Hearing Conservation,” the seminars will provide the latest information on hearing loss prevention, how to create a culture of safety, and the latest research, technologies, and solutions to help companies improve their hearing conservation programs — and their bottom line.

Noise-induced hearing loss has been described as the world’s most prevalent occupational injury,” said Hearing Conservation Manager Theresa Y. Schulz, PhD., Lt. Col. USAF (Retired), of Honeywell Safety Products, who will lead the seminar. “But, with the proper education, motivation, and protection, it’s also 100% preventable.”

The half-day seminar —approved for continuing education credit by ABIH (American Board of Industrial Hygiene) — is designed for industrial hygienists, occupational health and safety professionals, audiologists, trainers, occupational nurses, and liability and risk management professionals across a variety of industries throughout the Marcellus Shale region. Topics will include:

  • Basics of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
  • Key Elements of an Effective Hearing Conservation Program
  • How to Use Leading Indicators in a Hearing Conservation Program to Stop Hearing Loss
  • Case Studies from Successful Hearing Conservation Programs
  • Employee Motivation and Training Techniques/Resources
  • Reducing Costs for Hearing Loss

The seminar will take place from 9 a.m. to Noon at the following locations:

  • Cleveland, OH, on Monday, June 3, 2013, at the Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel, 5300 Riverside Drive.
  • Cincinnati, OH, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at the Marriott Cincinnati Hotel Mason, 9664 S Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH.
  • Charleston, WV, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Charleston West, 400 2nd Ave SW.
  • Pittsburgh, PA, on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Pittsburgh/Southpointe, 1000 Corporate Dr, Canonsburg, PA.

Attendees will receive free training materials, literature, and hearing protection samples. They will also participate in hands-on demonstrations of new hearing conservation technologies, including the VeriPRO® fit-testing system for measuring earplug fit, and the QUIETPRO®, an advanced in-ear communication system for high noise environments.

To register for the “HearForever® Best Practices in Effective Hearing Conservation” seminar, visit http://www.hearforever.org/Marcellus2013.

HearForever® hearing conservation seminars have been presented to thousands of safety professionals on five continents over the past nine years as part of Honeywell Safety Product’s HearForever® initiative to raise awareness of the dangers, risks and consequences of noise-induced hearing loss. Follow the initiative on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HearForeverOrg and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HearForever.

About Honeywell Safety Products

Honeywell Safety Products is the global provider of Howard Leight® passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions and the founder of the HearForever™ initiative. For over 30 years, Howard Leight products have helped wearers prevent occupational noise-induced hearing loss through innovation in hearing protection design, technology, performance and comfort, and the promotion of progressive Hearing Conservation Programs. Leading solutions include the highest attenuating MAX® single-use earplug; patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal earmuff attenuation; and the industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system. Visit: www.howardleight.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/HowardLeight.

About Honeywell

Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Technical Brief Details How DX AC Systems Can Meet ASHRAE IAQ and Energy Savings Standards

WOBURN, MASS.January 23, 2013 — Engineers designing commercial HVAC systems for use in schools, hospitals, factories or office buildings face a host of conflicts and tradeoffs when trying to comply with both ASHRAE Standard 90.1 for Energy Efficiency and ASHRAE Standard 62.1 for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). To help engineers achieve a successful balance between the two, a new technical brief, “No More Tradeoffs: Designing DX AC Systems to Meet ASHRAE’s IAQ and Energy Savings Standards is now available to download from Rawal Devices, Inc. at http://resources.rawal.com/dx-ac-technical-brief.

Over the past decades, ASHRAE 90.1 promoted energy efficiency as a predominant design factor in air conditioning equipment. Standards for building design, insulation, glass, and ventilation were affected by the amount of thermal energy brought in from the outside air. More recently, ASHRAE 62.1 emphasized IAQ requirements and focused on proper ventilation and humidity control for operations and health issues. Studies meanwhile have confirmed the problems caused by tight, energy-efficient buildings that do not have correct ventilation. As a result, engineers face a balancing act between energy savings and IAQ in AC system design.

The new technical brief, “No More Tradeoffs…,” presents the solution as the use of the direct expansion (DX) air conditioning “discharge air temperature” reset concept (based upon outdoor air conditions), plus continuous capacity modulation for the refrigeration circuit. Discussing the limitations of DX AC design, the brief details the “temperature reset with capacity modulation” solution with sample data and calculations. Several effective approaches are explored, including the use of VFD and digital compressors, and the Rawal APR-E electronic control.

Download “No More Tradeoffs: Designing DX AC Systems to Meet ASHRAE’s IAQ and Energy Savings Standardsfrom Rawal Devices, Inc., at http://resources.rawal.com/dx-ac-technical-brief.

About Rawal Devices, Inc.

Rawal Devices is the manufacturer of highly efficient and cost-effective solutions that solve temperature and humidity control problems in industrial, institutional, and commercial building applications. Rawal’s APR Control makes any standard air conditioning unit a variable-capacity system. The Rawal device permits the system to extend the cycle of operation, continuously matching capacity to changing load conditions while keeping the system in a dehumidifying mode. Rawal’s unique combination of technology, expertise, and service ensures proper temperature and humidity control for greater indoor comfort, air quality, and energy savings. For more information, visit the website at http://www.rawal.com.

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