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Atlanta — ASHRAE has released an updated edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.2-2018 Energy-Efficient Design of Low Rise Residential Buildings. The standard establishes minimum whole-building energy performance requirements (design, construction, and verification) for energy-efficient residential buildings. The 2018 revision of Standard 90.2 outlines cost-effective residential building energy performance measures that are at least 50 percent more Read More

Atlanta — ASHRAE has released an updated edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.2-2018 Energy-Efficient Design of Low Rise Residential Buildings. The standard establishes minimum whole-building energy performance requirements (design, construction, and verification) for energy-efficient residential buildings.

The 2018 revision of Standard 90.2 outlines cost-effective residential building energy performance measures that are at least 50 percent more efficient than those defined by the 2006 International Energy Construction Code (IECC).

“Standard 90.2 provides a mechanism by which any residential building design can be easily evaluated against performance objectives,” said Theresa Weston, Ph.D., chair of the Standard 90.2 committee. “This update to the standard offers better alignment between this standard’s requirements and marketplace product availability as well as some revisions to improve the document’s clarity and internal consistency.”

The 2018 edition of Standard 90.2 provides:

• Clarification for modeling software requirements
• Guidance on the use of international climate data presented in ASHRAE Standard 169
• A new normative appendix on proper installation techniques for critical thermal resistance building components
• Improved prescriptive envelope performance data tables
• New performance specifications for ground-source heat pumps
• Minimum lighting efficiency provisions for single-family, large single-family, and multifamily homes
• Guidance on pool heater pilot lights, pump motor efficiency, and exterior de-icing systems
• Clarifications to multi-zonal building air-leakage testing procedures

The cost of ASHRAE Standard 90.2-2018 is $94 for ASHRAE members ($110, non-members). To order, visit www.ashrae.org/bookstore or contact ASHRAE Customer Contact Center at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada), 404-636-8400 (worldwide) or fax 678-539-2129.

Milwaukee is expanding the tracking capabilities of the ONE-KEY™ digital platform with Geofencing. With Geofencing, users can add a perimeter to their job or home base, and if their tools are detected outside the geofence, ONE-KEY™ will send them an alert. The Geofencing feature is currently launched as a public beta and is now available Read More

Milwaukee is expanding the tracking capabilities of the ONE-KEY™ digital platform with Geofencing.

With Geofencing, users can add a perimeter to their job or home base, and if their tools are detected outside the geofence, ONE-KEY™ will send them an alert. The Geofencing feature is currently launched as a public beta and is now available to test. Users will be prompted to provide feedback on the experience.

Please note: Users of the web application will already have the Geofence feature when they access ONE-KEY™. Users of the mobile app will need to update the app before the new capability shows up.

Alachua, Fla. — Skilled craft professionals continue to earn high wages, according to NCCER’s 2018 Construction Craft Salary Survey. More than 130 industrial and commercial construction companies across the U.S., representing over 350,000 employees, participated in the survey. The individual craft areas reported provide average annual salaries, not including overtime, per diem, bonuses or other Read More

Alachua, Fla. — Skilled craft professionals continue to earn high wages, according to NCCER’s 2018 Construction Craft Salary Survey. More than 130 industrial and commercial construction companies across the U.S., representing over 350,000 employees, participated in the survey. The individual craft areas reported provide average annual salaries, not including overtime, per diem, bonuses or other incentives.

Of the 32 construction positions surveyed, average annual salaries ranged from $47,700 to $92,500. Project supervisors and program managers topped the list, earning over $88,000 and $92,500 respectively. Professions earning more than $65,000 include boilermaker, mobile crane operator, tower crane operator, millwright, industrial electrician, power line worker, pipe welder, instrumentation technician and combo welder. Additionally, seven more craft areas made more than $60,000 per year. The most significant pay increase was HVAC technician, up 20% from previous years, with sheet metal worker a close second at an 18% increase. Since many craft professionals receive additional pay incentives, their take-home pay is typically much greater than these incomes reflected.

This survey is one of many resources NCCER and its Build Your Future initiative offer to promote construction careers and help build a pipeline of qualified craft professionals. Complete results are available at nccer.org/research.

The organizations that take part in NCCER’s survey do so voluntarily, and all specific company information remains confidential. Only positions which received enough responses to calculate a valid average are included.

On November 29, 2018, Women in Energy and Energy Kinetics teamed up to support our industry’s future. Attendees gathered at Energy Kinetics’ headquarters in Lebanon, NJ for a factory tour and networking reception. Energy Kinetics is a leading manufacturer of innovative, high-efficiency heating- and hot-water systems. Attendees had a unique opportunity to learn more about Read More

On November 29, 2018, Women in Energy and Energy Kinetics teamed up to support our industry’s future. Attendees gathered at Energy Kinetics’ headquarters in Lebanon, NJ for a factory tour and networking reception.

Energy Kinetics is a leading manufacturer of innovative, high-efficiency heating- and hot-water systems. Attendees had a unique opportunity to learn more about the hard work and skill that goes into manufacturing.

Roger Marran, President of Energy Kinetics, took the time out of his busy day to share the history of this family-owned business. He talked about how his father, John Marran, spurred by the first energy crisis in the 1970’s, invented the System 2000 to help customers affordably and efficiently heat their homes.

Roger then led attendees on a tour of the Energy Kinetics factory. He guided them through the manufacturing process and introduced members of the Energy Kinetics team along the way. Attendees marveled at the attention to detail and care that goes into making Energy Kinetics’ products. They also gained a greater perspective on heating systems and our industry.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Energy Kinetics, the event proceeds funded Women in Energy’s scholarship program.

Visit https://wewomeninenergy.com/events to learn more about future events and membership.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — Carrier, which manufactures products under the Carrier, Bryant, Payne and ICP brand names, announces a price increase of up to 6 percent on commercial heating, ventilating and air-conditioning equipment. It will be implemented effective Jan. 14, 2019 Read More

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — Carrier, which manufactures products under the Carrier, Bryant, Payne and ICP brand names, announces a price increase of up to 6 percent on commercial heating, ventilating and air-conditioning equipment. It will be implemented effective Jan. 14, 2019.