Green SeminarsISH North America attendees have several options to hear about the latest in green-building technologies and renewable energy in a series of seminars beginning the first day of the show.
Well-known Plumbing & Mechanical columnist John Siegenthaler will discuss, “Why Hydronic Distribution Systems Are A Deep Shade Of Green Technology,” 9-10:30 a.m., Oct. 1. Thermal efficiency of boilers or furnaces only tells part of the story. Hydronics holds a significant advantage over forced air when it comes to the electrical energy both mechanical systems need to distribute heat. New circulator technology also promises to make hydronic heat as green as it gets.
Later that same day, Siegenthaler will also talk about the “Ten Trends That Will Shape The Future Of Hydronic Heating,” 3-4:30 p.m. Every sector of the HVAC industry needs to determine how to contend with ever-escalating energy prices. Thanks to new hardware and design concepts, however, hydronic heat will be on the cutting edge of energy efficiency.
Another Plumbing & Mechanical columnist, Julius Ballanco, will discuss “Water Reuse and Water Reclamation,” 9-10:30 a.m., Oct. 2. Although grey water systems save water, they also raise concerns for public health and safety. Attendees will learn how the plumbing codes are revising regulations designed to safeguard health with these water-saving systems.
In addition, here are several other green seminar highlights:
Green Home ToursISH NA is also promoting tours of a home completely run with solar energy located on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology. Students from Georgia Tech originally designed and built the home for last year’s Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C. The 800-sq.-ft. home, dubbed Icarus, took sixth place in the contest and has since been rebuilt outside Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture.
The home’s most noticeable feature is the material that makes up the roof and two of its walls. Constructed from a translucent polycarbonate material, the substance allows the house to be filled with light without becoming an energy drainer.
In addition to PV panels for electricity, the home features evacuated tube panels to provide domestic hot water. Also, an energy recovery ventilator conditions incoming air using the temperature and humidity of the outgoing exhaust air from the home.
On the plumbing side, the home’s water management system collects rainwater from the roof as well as water from the sinks and air-conditioning to a storage tank in the garden for grey water use.
For more information on the home and to sign up for a tour, go to http://solar.gatech.edu.
Green Mobile ClassroomThe HVAC Mobile Green Classroom is currently on tour around the country, including a stop at ISH North America.
The classroom allows visitors a first-hand look at the many ways a building can become more energy efficient, use fewer natural resources, have minimal impact on the environment and use materials that can be reused or recycled. On display are such green building features as solar heat, grey water and geothermal to name just a few.
The trailer’s displays are also designed to work in conjunction with the Mechanical Contractor Association of America’s LEED AP training programs and the United Association/Mechanical Service Contractors of America’s Green Awareness Training and Certification Program.
The trailer is the work of the Partnership for Environmental Leadership, a collaborative effort of the MCAA, UA and MSCA, as well as the Plumbing Contractors of America, U.S. Green Building Council and Green Mechanical Council.
For more information, log on to www.hvacgreen.net.
For more information or to register for ISH North America, log on to www.ish-na.com.
Network '08 Green HighlightsNetwork ’08 also offers several green-related presentations. While Network ’08 features general sessions for both members of the American Supply Association and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association, the following sessions are meant for just respective members of each group:
EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson has been invited to discuss WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the EPA, which seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices.
Robin Pharo, president of Healthy Homes, will present both of these sessions. In the first seminar, Pharo will review the country’s three different national green-building programs. In the second seminar, Pharo will discuss how to better understand homebuyer behaviors and purchasing decisions regarding sustainability.
Contractors Kevin Tindall, Tindall and Ranson; and Steven Schaefer, Schaefer Mechanical, have headed up PHCC’s Task Force on Green Construction and Water Conservation and will unveil the results of study and discussions over the past year.
All Network ‘08 seminars will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. For more information or to register for Network ’08, log on to www.network08.org.