The April Issue

Issue Close: March 16  |  Materials Due: March 17

Net-Zero-Energy Buildings

Executive Roundtable on Net-Zero-Energy Buildings
In the United States, interest in net-zero-energy (NZE) buildings—buildings where the amount of renewable energy created on site roughly equals the total amount of energy used on an annual basis—is growing. In this article, a panel of experts weighs in on a host of issues surrounding NZE buildings.

Building Automation

Wireless Controls in New and Existing Buildings
Wireless controls have been around for many years. Recent advances in technology, however, have made their implementation much simpler and more cost-effective.


Geothermal System Supports Sustainability Goals of Award-Winning Winery
During the 1990s, Hunt Country Vineyards in New York’s Finger Lakes wine region earned national attention as a pioneer producer of Vidal Blanc Ice Wine. The pioneering spirit of Hunt Country Vineyards is not limited to wine production, however. In 2015, the New York Geothermal Energy Organization presented its 2015 Top Job award to Hunt Country Vineyards and Moravec Geothermal for the vineyard’s innovative geothermal heating and cooling system.

Biomedical Research Facility Deploys Modern HVAC Approach, Discovers Unexpected Benefits
When the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, Calif., began construction of a 60,000-sq-ft addition, it needed a HVAC solution that could provide additional capacity, as well as reliability and redundancy. To address these needs, the institute’s facility-management team commenced a three-part evaluation that culminated in the development of a campuswide cooling technique and central-plant plan involving consideration of new technologies in solar, wind, coal, cogeneration, and geothermal exchange.

Facilities Management

Managing Your Facilities: Stemming the Tide of Building-Performance Drift
With new and retrofitted commercial structures certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, owners/operators tend to assume they simply can “set it and forget it.” Such an approach is inherently flawed, as all buildings “drift,” meaning the performance of their systems—even those perfectly commissioned and tuned—degrades over time, the result of operational changes, product failure, maintenance issues, and more. This jeopardizes owners’ ability to achieve maximum return on their LEED investments.

Product Spotlight: Heat Pumps
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