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The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), an international organization for the advancement of the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration, has updated its standard on energy conservation in existing buildings. The updated standard is designed to help owners maximize efficiency by improving operation, maintenance, and energy monitoring. “Energy-saving practices for operation, maintenance, and monitoring are essential for achieving sustainability in existing buildings,” Robert Fuller, vice chair of the Standard 100 committee, said. “It is important to ASHRAE and our members that we continue to provide stringent requirements for energy efficiency, and updating this standard helps us continue to be leaders in sustainability.” ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 100-2006, Energy Conservation in Existing Buildings was updated to bring it in line with other ASHRAE guidance, specifically ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings and the ASHRAE Handbook, HVAC Applications. Other changes incorporated in Standard 100-2006 include updated requirements for compliance that allow for newer technology, such as more efficient lighting, that has been made available since the last update, and a revised bibliography to reflect current documents and new publications. The cost of the Standard 100 is $33 ($26 for ASHRAE members). To order a copy, visit the bookstore at www.ashrae.org.

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ASHRAE Updates Existing Buildings Energy Standard

The Steel Joist Institute, a not-for-profit organization that sets the standards for the steel joist industry and works closely with major building code bodies helping to develop code regulations regarding steel joists and joist girders, released the newest edition of the Steel Joist Institute’s Specifications, Load Tables and Weight Tables catalog. This 42nd edition is certified by The American National Standards Institute through consensus approval. Designers, detailers, and estimators working with steel joists in new construction can visit www.steeljoist.org to download a free electronic copy. The institute invests in ongoing research related to steel joists and joist girders, and also offers a complete library of publications and other training and research aids.

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Two projects by Texas architects are among the winners of the Brick Institute of America’s 2006 Brick in Architecture Awards. Honored as “Best in Class” in the educational category was Oak Park Elementary School (Corpus Christi) designed by Richter Architects with brick manufactured by D’Hanis Clay Products. Also honored with a bronze award in the educational category was Penn State University’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (University Park, Penn.) designed by Overland Partners. The associate architect was WTW Architects and the brick manufacturer was Glen-Gery. For the past 17 years, the Brick Industry Association (BIA) has sponsored the prestigious architectural award programs. As the only national association to represent both manufacturers and distributors, BIA is the authority in the clay brick industry. As such, the Brick In Architecture Awards has become the nation’s premiere architectural award featuring clay brick. Any work of non-residential architecture is eligible if brick is the dominant building material and the project was completed within the last five years. Visit www.bia.org for more information.

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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...

Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...