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ASHRAE Honors Innovative Buildings

ASHRAENonprofit the Packard Foundation, construction firm McKinstry and cheese company Fromagerie des Basques are among the organizations whose buildings have been recognized by building technology society ASHRAE as innovative buildings for their water and energy efficiency, indoor air quality and other sustainability features.

Peter Rumsey received first place in the new commercial buildings category for the Packard Foundation Net Zero Energy Headquarters in Los Altos, Calif.

Highly efficient systems and an efficient building envelope provides a reduction in energy demand by 46 percent compared with California Title 24 standards, while the remaining required power is offset with onsite power generation. The project’s water use goals are to achieve 40 percent water use reduction and implement the capture or infiltration of all rainwater. The project is the largest certified net zero energy building in the world to date, ASHRAE says.

David Budd received first place in the existing commercial building category for the SIERR Building at McKinstry Station in Spokane, Wash.

Spokane’s Inland Empire Railroad Building was built in 1907 as an electric railroad car facility. It was designated a national historical landmark in 2010. As traditional systems design approaches were unable to meet historical preservation requirements, the design team used the following  building systems: hydronic ground source loop, office space/radiant floor system, server room heat recovery, dedicated outside air system, and common areas/constant volume heat pump systems.

Gheorghe Mihalache received first place in the existing industrial facilities or processes category for Fromagerie des Basques in Trois-Pistoles, Quebec.

The project included a digester to produce biogas from the plant rejections (whey and white waters) and uses the biogas in the production and buildings heating. The building also treats digester effluent to be able to correspond to the environmental standards permitting use of an absorption field.

Other innovations include added 100 percent fresh air ventilation in the cheese production area to ensure a positive pressure and correspond to Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations and the implementation of a control system performing survey of the mechanical system, automated control of main production processes, alarms handling and optimization of energy consumption.

Other buildings honored include the Dageforde Residence in Nebraska, the 300 Davis Street Building at the University of Findlay, Ohio, and the Locust Trace AgriScience Farm in Lexington, Ky.

In October, ASHRAE published its 2013 indoor quality guidelines. The ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, combines the 2010 standard and 10 published addenda to that edition. ASHRAE says this consolidated standard increases clarity and flexibility.

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