noon refreshments each day of the event; admission to the
opening Plenary Session, featuring the keynote presentation;
admission to all technical sessions, poster presentations,
symposia, morning roundtable discussions and Tool-Torials;
admission to the Technology and Services Fair, technology
demonstrations and Tuesday evening reception in the exhibit
hall; and admission to the closing reception.
More information and details about the conference are
available at www.i2sl.org/conference/2013.html.
;MCCARTHY COMPLETES LEED GOLD MAXLAB
McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. recently completed construction
of the $14.3-million Maximum Building Energy Efficiency
Research Laboratory (MAXLAB) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge,
Tenn. ORNL is managed by
UT-Battelle for the U.S. Dept.
of Energy. Installation of
research equipment is ongoing,
and ORNL plans to dedicate
the facility this summer. The
18,000-gsf MAXLAB received its
LEED Gold certification based
on a number of green construction and operation features
including a rainwater harvest
tank, motion sensors, use of
daylighting in interior lab space,
thermally improved ‘cool’ roof, thermally improved precast
sandwich panel building envelope, aluminum exterior sunshades and individual thermostat controls in each office.
McCarthy served as construction manager-at-risk for the
facility, which houses a high-bay lab with an overhead crane
for envelope system research, a low-bay lab for HVAC system
research, a data center and offices. McCarthy has also completed a separate utilities upgrade to provide mechanical and electrical services for the new lab and self-performed the concrete
foundations and general works scope.
;NREL OFFERS OPEN-SOURCE SOLUTION FOR LARGE-SCALE
ENERGY DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS
The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s National Renewable Energy
Laboratory (NREL) is launching an open-source system for
storing, integrating and aligning energy-related time-series
data. NREL’s Energy DataBus is used for tracking and analyzing energy use on its own campus, but with an eye toward
offering its software solutions to other facilities. Key features
include the software’s ability to store large amounts of data
collected at high frequencies—NREL collects some of its
energy data every second—and rich functionality to integrate
this wide variety of data into a single database. To employ
the Energy DataBus, other facilities would need to connect
their existing data-collection systems with it and then configure it to meet their particular needs. But NREL has found that
it’s worth the effort. Already, a team at NREL has developed
an application that allows anyone on site to monitor the
energy performance of the NREL campus. Through providing
such information to staff, the task of minimizing energy use
falls on each person, instead of just the facility managers.
More apps are in the works. For software developers, the
Energy DataBus software is now available for free download.
The MAXLAB will be used for
research to advance the energy
efficiency and durability of building
envelopes, equipment, and appliances. Image: Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.
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