The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers has released for comment 18 proposed air-side control changes to its energy-use standard, ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1. The proposals are intended to move toward 30% energy-cost savings in buildings. Specific comments can be filed by either July 19 or Aug. 3. Details are available at www.ashrae.org.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.