Monday, October 10, 2011

Post Greenbuild Show

I spent last week in Toronto at the Greenbuild Product Show and Conference. We had a product booth again this year and showed examples of our Chilled Beam, Displacement, and Underfloor products, which are widely considered to be “green” products. In reality, of course, everything we make can be utilized in a “green” application. It’s all in the way they are used, of course. Once again, the product show was largely related to non-HVAC products, as it focuses on building materials and green software vendors.

I presented my portion of the panel talk “Can we have our cake and eat it too? Balancing Energy Efficiency and Occupant Comfort ” The room was packed with over 250 attendees. My portion was to present the history of bad decisions made in the name of energy conservation that resulted in poor occupant comfort (and no energy savings). The others on the panel discussed how we are getting occupant feedback on new projects, and proved that one can actually save energy with comfortable spaces. There were a number of interesting questions asked, and I believe we covered the subject well.

If you have been following my blog, you will know that I was concerned that the USGBC is putting Global Warming and energy use ahead of occupant needs, in their hierarchy of importance. Fortunately, I think we have convinced the Energy folks enough that they have finally agreed to increase the weighting for issues regarding comfort!

Authored by: Dan Int-Hout, Chief Engineer Krueger