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2016 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit

The 2016 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit will take place on June 13 - 14, 2016 at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort. The 2016 Summit will include NEEP's 20th Anniversary Celebration - we look forward to seeing you all in New Hampshire in 2016.

 

2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

The 2016 Summer Study will be the 19th biennial ACEEE conference on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. A diverse group of professionals from around the world will gather at this pre-eminent meeting to discuss the technological basis for, and practical implementation of, actions to reduce energy use and the climate impacts associated with buildings. The Summer Study enables sharing of ideas and dialog among leading thinkers, visionaries, and luminaries in the field, while in the midst of the magnificent natural setting of Asilomar.

 

2nd International Conference Efficient Building Design: Materials and HVAC Equipment Technologies

Organized by American University of Beirut (AUB), ASHRAE and the ASHRAE Lebanese Chapter, the International Conference on Efficient Building Design – Materials and HVAC Equipment Technologies (ICEBD-MET2) takes place September 22-23, 2016, in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference builds upon the previous conference, held in 2014, which attracted 120 building design and system technology professionals and experts.  

The building sector in general has a major role to play in combating climate change.  Better building design and state-of-the-art technologies in building materials and systems will greatly reduce energy consumption and hence reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  Buildings consume more than 40% of energy worldwide, and this portion can reach 70% in some countries in the region due to high loads on HVAC systems ...... 14 November 2015

 

Fensterbau Frontale. Nuremberg 16-19 March 2016.

FENSTERBAU FRONTALE is the world's leading trade fair for windows, doors and facades. The desire for more sustainability and comfort continues to drive innovation in the window, door and facade construction sector. Architects, tradesmen, manufacturers and the trade meet at FENSTERBAU FRONTALE to discuss how aesthetics and design trends can be reconciled with energy-efficient building. One main focus is on solutions for the automation of windows and facades.

Some 109,000 visitors and 1,320 exhibitors in 2014 made FENSTERBAU FRONTALE in combination with HOLZ-HANDWERK an impressive highlight for the industry.

The product range at FENSTERBAU FRONTALE reflects the worldwide innovations in windows, doors and facades. Every two years, architects, carpenters, window and facade manufacturers, and the specialist trade update on the latest profile systems, glass in architecture, fixing equipment, safety equipment, machines, installations and many more products. www.frontale.de/en/

 

Pencere Windows 2016. Istanbul

17th International window, window shade, facade systems and accessories, profile, production technologies and machinery, insulation materials, raw materials and auxiliary products fair, taking place in Istanbul on the 9th - 12th of March 2016. www.istanbulwindowfair.com

 

ThinFrame Final meeting

The Final Meeting of the ThinFrame project will take place in Brussels on the 18th of November 2015.

 

WDMA Alert: Window Product Category Rukes Now Available

The first edition of the Window Product Category Rules (Window PCR) for use by the window and skylight industry to develop Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) has now been published. The Window PCR covers both vertical windows and skylights. It does not cover sliding or side-hinged entry doors or tubular daylighting devices.

The Window PCR has been developed under a joint industry effort by the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA), and the Glass Association of North America (GANA), together with the Institute for Environmental Research & Education (IERE).

 

FIRE RESISTANT GLAZING TRAINING INITIATIVE ACKNOWLEDGED BY G15 AWARDS

The GGF was delighted to hear of the Fire Resistant Glazing Group’s Installer Training Course nomination as a finalist in the G15 Awards in the category for “Training and Development Initiative of the Year.

 

Kick-off meeting of THINFRAME

The project started with the celebration of the first Consortium Meeting in Madrid on 8 October 2013. The partners of the consortium launched the activity of the project at the premises of Inspiralia (Project Coordinator) located in the Parque Científico de Madrid/Campus of Cantoblanco. The meeting was split into two sessions: a morning session covering administrativeand managerial aspects of the project followed by an afternoon session for the technical discussion. During the event, the attendees had the opportunity to visit the materials laboratories of Inspiralia located at the venue of the meeting. Here, technical specialist from Inspiralia explained current activity and the equipment that will be used during the project.

 

Advanced Window and Shading Technologies

The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) is a pioneering research and development (R&D) consortium bringing together governments, key policymakers, researchers, and industry to develop a long-term platform for sustainable U.S.-China joint R&D. This CERC project aims to identify, develop, and promote the use of energy-efficient window and shading technologies in Chinese and U.S. buildings. Specifically, this project focuses on demonstrating pragmatic, cost-effective solar control and daylighting technologies that can provide 40%–50% perimeter zone total energy savings compared to current systems. 

 

Dynamic Windows

This project is developing and demonstrating a dynamic window film prototype that switches between transparent and diffusely reflective states. The key element in this prototype is reversible reflectance switching, which has been previously demonstrated in a partial device format and on rigid glass substrates. This project will integrate this early result into a flexible prototype structure that will be used to demonstrate a reversibly switchable reflective electrochromic device on a flexible substrate. The result will be a 3-inch-by-3-inch laminated, flexible, dynamic window film prototype that switches between transparent and diffusely reflective states and includes full characterization of the specular and diffuse optical performance in the visible and near-infrared.

 

Fabricate-on-Demand Vacuum Insulating Glazings

PPG is working to design a fabricate-on-demand process to overcome the cost and supply chain issues preventing widespread adoption of vacuum insulating glazings (VIGs). To do so, we are focused on improving the areas of VIG manufacturing that drive high costs and limit the ability for independent fabricators to support the market. Each technical solution we are investigating serves at least one of three purposes: increases glass unit mechanical robustness to improve product yield and increase service life, lowers capital investment, and/or increases production throughput. By tightly focusing on these issues, VIGs will become more affordable and durable, which will increase their adoption rate, and more manufacturers will be capable of entering the market.

 

Highly Insulating Residential Windows Using Smart Automated Shading

This project creates a platform for cost-effective, high-performance residential windows that maximizes net useful solar gain in heating mode and minimizes solar gain in cooling mode. Fully automated operation that optimizes energy savings is provided by an intelligent, networkable sensor/microprocessor package that is easily installed and calibrated. Control algorithms will be developed that focus on maximum energy savings, while keeping occupants experience in mind. Several window designs will be completed, these desings will be evaluated on an annual heating and cooling energy consumption basis.. One design will be used to fabricate 25 windows, which will be demonstrated in a cold or mixed climate house. The windows will function autonomously and in a networked configuration.

 

Low Cost Nanostructured Smart Window Coatings

Residential and commercial buildings represent a prime opportunity to improve energy efficiency and sustainability worldwide. Currently, lighting and thermal management within buildings account for 20% of the United States’ yearly energy consumption. The objective of this Small Business Innovation Research Phase 2 project is to develop a low-cost, near-infrared (NIR) selective, plasmonic smart insulating glass unit (IGU) that reduces building energy consumption by dynamically optimizing solar gain without affecting natural light. During this project, Heliotrope will utilize scalable solution-based techniques to create unique nanocrystal electrochromic layers. The novel electrochromic layers will be initially examined for compatibility and performance, then subsequently used to construct solid-state energy efficient windows. Systematic characterization of the solid-state electrochromic device will establish which components in the system are performance limiting. Upon successful fabrication, Heliotrope expects to achieve enhanced solar modulation at fast switching speeds.

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