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Greater Southwest Region Supports Priorities on Sustainability

The Greater Southwest Region is working hard to support GSA priorities and goals to promote sustainability, increase energy efficiency, and reduce costs. We recently established an “Energy and Sustainability Branch” in the region , which is helping us to better manage federal facilities and implement many strategies to save taxpayer dollars and conserve energy and water.

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Secondary Market is FIRST in Efficiency

While iCloud and colocation (colo) providers contiue to migrate to urban environments, enterprise and internet data centers look within rural areas to find inexpensive power and temperate climates.

By utilizing the same design and construction techniques as the primary market, while taking advantage of the lower cost of land and power in the secondary market, developer Data Realty, South Bend, IN; MEP firm, Environmental Systems Design, Inc., Chicago; and Turner Construction, Chicago, have joined forces to create a data center in Northwest Indiana.

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Danfoss Recognizes Smardt Chiller Group with 2012 EnVisioneer of Year Award

ORLANDO, Fla. - Danfoss, a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency electronic and mechanical components and controls for air-conditioning, heating, refrigeration and motion systems, announced today that Smardt Chiller Group Inc., headquartered in Montreal, Can., is the winner of the third annual EnVisioneer of the Year award competition. Danfoss made the announcement at the Alliance to Save Energy's 2012 Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) in Orlando, Fla

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Members Can Save Money on Cooling

Air conditioning can be both a huge up-front cost, and then account for a large portion of a commercial member's bill. But there's a potentially money-saving technology that electric cooperatives should be aware of: air-cooled chillers.

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AHR EXPO SPURS SALES GROWTH OF HIGH-EFFICIENCY SMARDT CHILLERS

Smardt Chiller Group Inc, reportedly the world’s number 5 chiller manufacturer after Trane, Carrier, York and McQuay, is moving up in market share after a highly successful AHR EXPO tradeshow at Chicago at the end of January.

At the show, Smardt showed its new oil-free centrifugal air-cooled chiller range, its new evaporatively-cooled chiller range and its new Kiltech CPECS chilled water plant optimization system. Visitors could dial into the company’s award-winning plant installation at the Sub-Zero manufacturing plant in Arizona, and confirm that the whole plant (1650 tons of Smardt water cooled chillers plus VFD-driven pumps and fans) was operating at the surprisingly low energy consumption of .52 kW/TR.

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Smardt Chiller Group Expands into Europe OPK high-efficiency innovations move into global markets

STUTTGART, Germany, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Smardt Chiller Group Inc. has acquired Stuttgart's OPK Klimatechnik AG, effective immediately.

OPK was established in Neckartailfingen in 1985 and has earned a global reputation in HVACR technology development. Its array of patent properties covers advances in heat exchange, variable-speed drives, free-cooling chiller controls and compressor optimization. OPK equipment has been installed across the world, from Asia to Africa, but has been strongly focused on German, Swiss and Austrian markets, especially in industrial-process and data center applications.

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AHRI Staff Visit Smardt

AHRI staff members Aniruddh Roy and Rupal Choksi visited Smardt during a trip to Dorval, Quebec on June 30.

Smardt provided a brief overview of Smardt Chiller Group’s air-cooled and water-cooled chillers product line and offered a tour of the manufacturing facility. AHRI staff discussed numerous certification topics as well as methods for improving the integrity of the certification programs.

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Some Jobs Are Best Left to the Experts

Would you fill your air conditioning system with propane?

Mass marketers and retailers are aggressively promoting a hydrocarbon refrigerant "Do-It-Yourself (DIY)" kit directly to homeowners and building owners as a replacement refrigerant gas for home or commercial air conditioning systems. Unlike the non-flammable refrigerants used in home and commercial air conditioning by qualified air conditioning technicians, hydrocarbon refrigerants are made up of a mixture of propane and isobutene and are extremely flammable similar to the gas in a barbecue tank. click here to read more.

Plattsburgh welcomes 'green-tech' manufacturer, Smardt Chiller Group, to its industrial properties.

Plattsburgh, NY – September 14, 2010 – Clinton County and The Development Corporation (TDC) are pleased to announce that the "green-tech" Smardt Chiller Group has opened its first US plant among the industrial properties located at the Plattsburgh International Airport. Headquartered in Montreal, Smardt is the number 5 chiller manufacturer in the world and number 1 in the oil-free high-efficiency centrifugal sector, and currently operates plants in Montreal and Melbourne, Australia. On May 1, 2010, Smardt signed a 5-year lease and now occupies 26,500 square feet at Building #2815 at 22 Colorado Avenue in Plattsburgh, NY. The company began production in their new facility in late June, shipping high-efficiency chillers to a correctional facility in North Carolina click here to read more.

Company to bring 32 jobs at new Plattsburgh location

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y., Sept. 16, 2010 — Fast-growing Smardt Chiller Group opens its first U.S. plant today in Plattsburgh, New York, after reviewing several alternative sites.

Factory upgrades commenced on May 1, 2010 and the plant shipped its first “Buy America” chillers in June. Since then, production flow of both air-cooled and water-cooled oil-free centrifugal Smardt chillers has been steadily increasing to major U.S. customers in both government and private sectors. click here to read more

NEW GLOBAL CHILLER GROUP FORMED : CHALLENGES TRANE, YORK, CARRIER AND
DAIKIN ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY

New group's high-efficiency oil-free centrifugal chillers expand worldwide

Montreal, Canada; Melbourne, Australia - Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A global challenge to "the big end of the HVAC industry" was announced today with the formation of a major new global chiller engineering and manufacturing group based in Montreal. Gaetan Morin, executive vice- president of investments of the FTQ Solidarity Fund of Montreal and Roger Richmond-Smith, chairman of the new Smardt Chiller Group, announced an FTQ minority investment of $15 million in the new entity, which merges the Australian PowerPax chiller business with its North American Smardt sister company, then expands distribution offshore. click here to read more

Former President Clinton welcomes "green" building movement to town

It is used to be an obsolete, rundown, energy-wasting, water-guzzling office building in downtown Las Vegas.

But rather than tear it down like Las Vegas usually does with old things, the city has saved the ten-story tower.

Today, the retro-fit meets the highest environmental standards in the country. And the job is so impressive that former President Bill Clinton stopped to see it in person during his ongoing campaign to clean up our polluted planet.

"This is not rocket science."

Instead, Mr. Clinton says it’s a scientific and economic necessity for Nevada to clean up its act. He says before the economy recovers in the state, now is the time to launch green energy projects.

"Every city building, county building, every hospital without building a single new building."

What is so impressive about the 1960s office building is that the retro-fit job has cut energy usage by 30 percent and water by 40 percent thanks to the installation of more energy efficient technology.

"I think it's going to be immensely successful,” says Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. “This will bring jobs, jobs, jobs. That's what we talk about."

Work areas also have lots of natural lighting and cleaner air to breathe.

The Las Vegas Constable’s Office already occupies the fifth floor and, in just a few short months after moving in, the constable reports that sick days have decreased and employee efficiency has improved.

During his tour, Clinton said if only every building could be this way, the environment and the economy would be a lot better off.

The office building is located at the corner of Third and Carson in downtown Las Vegas. It is the first ever retro-fitted building in Nevada to receive “Gold” certification for meeting LEED environmental standards.

Source : Steve Crupi reporting from MyNews3

Ultra-Low Sound Air-Cooled Chillers

Air-cooled chillers present challenges for projects with tight sound restrictions.  Ultra-quiet magnetic bearing compressor technology provides an opportunity to provide extremely quiet air cooled chillers for noise sensitive projects.  To find out how much quieter these chillers can be, click here

 

 

Data visualization video explaining the Climate Scoreboard

A 4 minute motion graphics and data visualization video explaining the Climate Scoreboard. Click the triangle "play" button to watch.