Canadian Consulting Engineer

Tech Notes: HVAC, Water, Lighting

April 2, 2012
By Canadian Consulting Engineer

Tech Notes: New Resources

Tech Notes: New Resources

The American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has issued a new guideline for building managers and operators.

The Guideline 32-2012, Sustainable, High Performance Operation and Maintenance, provides guidance on optimizing the operation and maintenance of buildings. It includes recommendations for three levels of building oversight: senior managers, facility managers, and technicians. Visit

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and the American Water Works Association have agreed to partner in developing a new sustainability framework for evaluating and rating water infrastructure projects. The “Envision Rating System” developed in collaboration between ISI in Washington, D.C. and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University evaluates, grades and gives recognition to infrastructure projects that use sustainability indicators over the course of the project’s lifecycle.


The Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) and the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) announced today that LightSavers, a consortium of municipalities and other partners that began in the Toronto region and has accelerated the use of energy-saving Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and smart controls there, will expand nationally across Canada.

With support from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the CUI will lead LightSavers Canada which will help governments, public institutions, and private companies that own or manage lighting assets learn from each other about LED performance, procurement, and financing through a variety of activities and tools.

“Membership in LightSavers Canada is now open nationwide to towns, cities, regions, provinces, power providing utilities, and other public and corporate organizations that own and manage outdoor lighting assets,” says Fred Eisenberger, President of CUI


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