New Products: August 2008
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ENERGY RECOVERY VENTILATOR features a high-performance total energy wheel, a high-efficiency centrifugal plenum supply fan, two-inch double-wall construction, and hinged access doors. The VersiVent Model VER’S cooling options include chilled water, split system DX and packaged DX with R410a refrigerant. Hot water, indirect gas or electric heating options are available. GREENHECK
PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE features changes to improve user navigation, usability and overall project communication and collaboration. The Prolog 2008 navigation bar has larger, easier-to-understand icons and a user-configurable interface. Other features include the ability to limit revisions to potential change orders, enhanced security, and support for Master Format 2004 and Master Format 1995. MERIDIAN SYSTEMS
PACKAGED HVAC UNITS have energy efficiency ratios (EER) from 10.4 to 12.4 and range in size from 15 to 25 tons. The York Sunline Magnum gas/electric units have electronic spark ignition and power vented combustion with steady state efficiencies of 80 percent. ZJ models feature four independent scroll compressors with individual refrigeration circuits. ZR and ZF models are two-stage units with two compressors. JOHNSON CONTROLS
RECYCLING TRACKING SYSTEM records and analyzes efforts to recycle lamps, ballasts, batteries and other electronic components. Using a dedicated account login, Online Recycling Reports allows users to filter recycling information by waste type or time period for any number of facility locations. Reports can be printed, e-mailed, or faxed. AIR CYCLE CORP.
POKE-THRU DEVICE uses 6- and 8-inch core holes to provide capacity for up to four gangs of power, communication and audio-visual receptacles. The fully recessed Evolution series maintains the fire rating of floor slabs for up to two hours. The devices also offer protection to meet scrub water exclusion standards. WIREMOLD
FLUSH VALVE uses an infrared beam to activate when a user is in range. FreeHand flush valves operate using lead-free AA alkaline batteries or low-powered AC adapters. The ADA-compliant valves feature solid brass chrome-plated construction and electronics that limit false sensing. MOEN
LIGHTING UPGRADES BROCHURE outlines the current tax incentives for lighting renovation projects and explains how building asset values can increase with the installation of lighting products featuring the latest technology. The 4-page brochure, titled “Your Buildings Are Wasting Bushels of Money,” outlines the benefits of lighting upgrades, which include 30 to 50 percent ROI and improved lighting quality, according to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, which represents the majority of domestic lighting manufacturers. NEMA
WATERLESS URINAL is comprised of nearly one-third soybean resin. The composite No-Flush urinals look and function just like other waterless urinals, according to the company. Each urinal is labeled to indicate it is made with soybean resin. WATERLESS CO.
EQUIPMENT CENTER centralizes HVAC equipment into a single prefabricated, factory-tested package. Mammoth’s integrated prefabricated equipment center (iPEC) holds chillers, air handlers, and more. Designed to work efficiently and reliably, components are located near each other to reduce piping and electrical cost. Can be positioned atop, alongside or inside building space. CES GROUP
TRANSLUCENT DAYLIGHTING SYSTEM integrates with panels to provide a seamless building exterior designed to meet wind, rain and air movement requirements. The Formawall Dimension Series Integrated Translucent Window System combines exterior panels and a translucent, composite sandwich panel. The result is diffused, natural interior lighting with high insulation and shatterproof construction. KALWALL CORP. AND CENTRIA
Performance Contract Tackles Lighting Problems, Guarantees Savings
Facing rising energy costs and state budget cuts, the Manatee County Public School System in Southwest Florida needed to cut costs without eliminating educational programs, services or staff. While investigating a solution for the low lighting levels in the schools, Jennifer Malloy, Manatee County School’s recycling and energy coordinator, realized a new lighting system could conserve energy and dollars simultaneously.
To coordinate the retrofit, Florida Power & Light Services was hired for a performance contract. After a feasibility study for an upgrade that would reduce overall demand, minimize maintenance costs and improve the lighting levels, FPL Services guaranteed the school system would save $655,481 in energy and more than 8 million kWh per year.
The 16,694 lights in the schools’ existing lighting systems were replaced with 32-watt T-8 fluorescent lamps with electronic ballasts and compact fluorescent lamps.
Cleaning the many excessively dirty fixture lenses increased light levels up to 10 percent. Fixture socket holders that were broken or brittle and socket wiring were replaced. Low-output electronic ballasts and tandem wiring were used where possible to further maximize savings.
The costs of the retrofit, which added up to a total of $806,082 in capital improvements for eight elementary schools, are expected to be recouped through energy savings within seven years.
Preventing the release of more than 11 million pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere, the retrofit inspired a districtwide interest in energy conservation measures. Upgrades currently under development for the district include more lighting improvements as well as water conservation methods and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning enhancements.
High-profile Facility Demands High-caliber Security
The Hearst Corp.’s global headquarters, the 850,000-square-foot Hearst Tower, is home to more than 2,000 employees and nearly 200 businesses: magazines such as Cosmopolitan, daily newspapers, television stations, radio stations, cable networks, business publishers, Internet businesses, television production firms, and newspaper features distribution companies.
With tenants like these, Hearst Tower has a high volume of visitors, including many VIPs and celebrities. When the Hearst Corporation set about selecting a security force for its showcase facility, it needed well-trained officers who would not be star-struck or intimidated.
What’s more, the security officers also provide security for the more than 200 high-profile events a year held at the Tower. These range from fund-raising celebrations for non-profit organizations and museums to movie premieres and magazine events.
Hearst Corp. selected AlliedBarton Security Services as its contract security provider. The firm provides its security officers with training in physical security, a variety of tactical and strategic matters, and customer service. All of the security officers will attend the New York State Homeland Security Enhanced Security Officer 40-hour training course.
The Hearst Tower security force enjoyed a staff turnover rate of less than 10 percent in the past two years. The officers have learned enough of the company’s history and building’s information to serve as building tour docents.