Category: Codes and Standards

A Look At ASHRAE’s Public Review Process

ASHRAE put out a press release last week stating that there are 10 proposed addenda to Standard 90.1 up for public review.  The addenda cover a wide variety of topics including lighting, cooling for vestibules, climate data, and baseline preheat coil requirements.  There is a 30-day period – from December 5, 2014 to January 4, 2015 – for the…


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How the New NAECA Regulations Affect Water Heaters

The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) was first enacted in 1987 to set minimum energy efficiency standards for certain household appliances – refrigerators, freezers, room air conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, ovens, and water heaters.  Since 1987, revisions were made in 1990 and 2004.  On April 16th, 2015, new regulations under NAECA will go into effect…




Lineage of the New York City Construction Code

Over the past month, I’ve spoken to numerous engineers in New York City who all mentioned the pressing need to get construction documents filed before the end of the year. For design professionals, building developers and owners, filing by 2015 avoids the need to be in compliance with the new 2014 NYC Construction Code. Intrigued to find…




USGBC/ASHRAE/IES Incorporates 67 Addenda to the Green Building Standards

Superseding the 2011 version, ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, now has 67 new additions to the areas of site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials, and resources. According to a press release by…




Do You Neutralize? I Hope So… It’s Code.

With condensing technology pervading mechanical rooms, a new product must be installed – a neutralization kit.  Condensing boilers and water heaters utilize water vapor in the flue gas to add BTUs to the heat exchange.  This water vapor is acidic and needs to be properly disposed of.  As a rule of Thumb, 1 gallon of water…