air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment and services as well as controls, fire
and security capabilities. The transaction
gives Johnson Controls a total of more
than 55,000 employees and more than
500 sales and services offices covering
Architects Adopting More
Green Design Elements
Autodesk Inc. has released the results
of its study on the use of green design
practices by architects. The study, which
queried architects on their expected use of
16 green design practices and elements,
found that their rate of adoption of those
elements is accelerating.
Incorporating high-efficiency heating,
ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC)
systems was the most comment element
of green building design, with more than
50 percent of the study subjects indicating
use on more than half their projects in the
last year. Other green elements on the rise
include using design software to predict and
evaluate HVAC operating costs, installing
solar lighting and creating retention basins
for storm-water runoff.
The study’s architects believe that
higher energy costs for heating, cooling
and lighting will provide the major impetus for the adoption of green initiatives,
prompting their clients to demand efficient, renewable sources. To read the full
survey, visit www.autodesk.com.
Carter & Burgess
In December, Carter & Burgess’ Energy
& Power Solutions Group took gold medals
in two categories of the Texas Council of
Engineering Companies Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. The awards
were for the entries “Building/Technology
Systems: D/FW International Airport Central
Utilities Plant Upgrades” and “Special
Projects: University of Texas at Austin Hal
C. Weaver Plant Upgrades.” These projects
will represent Texas in the national American
Council of Engineering Companies competition in May 2006.
Tabreed To Cool
Abu Dhabi University
The National Central Cooling Co.
– Tabreed – has signed a deal with Abu
Dhabi University to supply district cooling
services to the university’s new campus in
Khalifa City, United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi University executive board
chairman Ali Saeed Bin Harmal said Tabreed
had been chosen in light of its “renowned
accomplishments in providing district cooling
services to large and complex developments.”
“The new campus was designed based
on the latest technologies used in educa-
From Paris to New York: CPCU Visits Con Edison
Utility executives from the Compagnie Parisienne de Chauffage
Urbain (CPCU) paid a two-day visit in 2005 to the Con Edison
Steam Business Unit (SBU), steam distribution engineering department, research and development department, and the corporate
communications group to learn about the company and its steam
system. The visit opened a dialogue between the two utilities,
providing the opportunity for them to exchange information and
explore the similarities and differences in their operating philoso-phies, steam systems and work procedures.
The first day’s agenda included a stop at Con Edison’s Learning
Center in Long Island City, Queens, where the two companies
presented technical descriptions of the respective steam systems,
sales and revenues, equipment, engineering and construction
design and criteria, water-treatment methods, ongoing research
efforts, and current operating challenges common to both utilities, such as corrosion on steam equipment and radiating heat.
CPCU toured the SBU training classrooms and a simulation room
to view meter and steam main equipment.
On the second day, Con Edison’s steam distribution operations
hosted the CPCU group at its workout location on the east side
of Manhattan, providing tours on site and at steam customer
locations. The guests were shown Con Edison’s Steam Operations
Mapping Information System and an automated meter calibration
facility. CPCU’s communications director also met with members
of Con Edison’s corporate communications team.
Courtsey Con Edison SBU.
On site at Con Edison’s facilities were representatives from both
CPCU and the Steam Business Unit: (back row, left to right)
Paulino Ventura, steam distribution, Con Edison; Didier Tetard,
CPCU; Ramy Nahas, central engineering, Con Edison; Kan Yam,
central engineering, Con Edison; Gray Elgort, central engineering,
Con Edison; Francois Dupoux, CPCU; Phillipe Loriot, CPCU; Renato
Derech, steam distribution, Con Edison; and (front row, left to
right) Marie-France Roy, CPCU; Louis Toulgoat, CPCU; Ron Bozgo,
steam business unit, Con Edison; Saumil Shukla, steam distribution, Con Edison; and Claude Pheulpin, CPCU.