Long time - no see!
Remember us...we're the folks who had gremlins overtake our last eNewsletter. Not wanting to risk that spambarrassment again, we've been working with Webworx to develop this new format. So thanks for your understanding.
So what's new? What have you missed? Lots!
We've added several more pages to the site and have been posting in the On-Line Forum
some great opportunities for our students including discounts from Hands Down Software (yes the folks who have provided psychrometric analysis tools to hundreds of companies,
thousands of engineers, scientists, contractors and educators around the globe), notifications of free public on-line IEQ Webinars sponsored by ASHRAE (next one is Wednesday, April 18th, 2007) and access
notifications to free public review drafts of ventilation and energy efficiency standards. Several new excerpts and quips on IEQ in the Blog
continue to put a grin or grimace on viewers faces.
We have started (once again) to provide our thoughts and comments on some of the design and teaching tools in our
Software Reviews section. If you have favorite programs you think we
should demo, then send them along and we'll let you know what we think.
A must read reprint from the Healthy Buildings 2000 Conference, courtesy
of the Netherlands Agency for Energy and the Environment is The Health, Safety and Comfort Advantages of Low Temperature Heating Systems. If you read nothing but this paper, you will have a better understanding of thermal comfort with radiant based heating and cooling systems.
Leslie Moldow, AIA, Principal,
Perkins Eastman and Amanda D'Luhy from the American Institute of Architects have graciously allowed us to post links
to what we feel is some of the best stuff starting to come out of the world of architecture. Design for Aging
is for anyone and everyone involved in the building industry. An excerpt: "An extraordinary and unprecedented event occurred at the end of November 2006. Neuroscientists, cognitive
psychologists, senior living operators, and architects together discussed how the aging mind perceives its surroundings and how to apply this knowledge to improve environments for our elders. The workshop focused on identifying research topics for the scientific community that would enrich and
inform the architectural design process."
For students or those with a general interest in IEQ we have uploaded our growing library of student tools at the
IEQ Literature page.
Other new pages of interest include a page discussing our love affair with solar starting in 1989 with a
Solar Heated Antarctic project for the American Science Foundation. We'll be adding more to the
solar pages in the upcoming months.
We are also featuring a full page on The Benchmark in Design with John Siegenthaler, P.E., author of
Modern Hydronic Heating and if you haven't seen Bob Rohr’s page on the use of thermography in the building sciences
you may find it very beneficial especially if you are building or renovating.
Be sure to drop by the newly updated pages on Hardwood & Radiant,
Radiant Cooling and our favorite Underslab
Insulation. We'll be adding our ventilation content later this year as time permits.
We have also added new slide presentations at the Designer Solutions section.Lots more to report but this will keep all you indoor environmental quality and thermal comfort fanatics engaged until the next time.
Last but not least, chiller expert Ron Spencer has shared a marvelous story about Gil Carlson at the home page for the
Carlson-Holohan Award of Excellence.
Robert Bean, R.E.T.
Registered Engineering Technologist
Building Construction, Industry Development
Editor for www.healthyheating.com
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