services to the new University Medical
Center of Princeton in Plainsboro, N.J.
Currently under construction, the 237-
room acute-care hospital is expected to
open by the end of 2011.
New Apple iPhone/iPod
Downloads for Engineers
Multieducator Inc. offers its Formulator
series of Apple iPhone apps specially
designed, programmed and packaged for a
variety of professionals in many fields including civil, environmental, electrical, mechanical and hydraulic engineers. These applications put hundreds of formulas, graphics
calculations, federal and state regulatory
codes, and industrial code requirements at a
There are many individual and bundled
Formulator packages available. One product,
for example, the Building Engineer Pro, combines the formulas of Electrical Pro, Plumbing
Pro, HVAC Pro and Carpentry Pro. In addition it includes part of the International
Building Code and a broad suite of special
formulas for the building engineer.
All programs can be downloaded to an
Apple iPhone and iPod Touch and are available at the Apples i Tunes Store. For more
information, visit www.multieducator.net.
Vancouver System Warms
The city of Vancouver, B.C., ‘flipped
the switch’ Jan. 14 on its first renewable
district heating system. The $30 million
system, which uses energy created from
wastewater, heated the Olympic Village
and kept 2,800 athletes and officials
warm during the 2010 Winter Games. By
using a renewable resource to create heat,
the Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU)
system will help Vancouver make progress
toward its goal of becoming the greenest
city in the world by 2020.
NEU is providing heat and hot water
to all buildings in Southeast False Creek,
including the Olympic Village, serving up
to 16,000 residents and businesses. It is
expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent compared
to conventional energy sources. The system marks the first time in North America
that heat recovered from untreated
wastewater is used in an urban center
and as the primary energy source. This
green technology will be supplemented
by solar hot water.
FVB Energy served as the owner’s
engineer for the energy center and
designed the project’s distribution system
and building connections.
The Canadian government invested
CA$9.47 million ($8.96 million) in the
project through the federal Gas Tax Fund.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities
invested CA$5 million ($4.73 million)
through the Green Municipal Fund. The
city of Vancouver is supplying the remainder of funding.
Courtesy City of Vancouver. Photo Ernie Stelzer.
The Neighbourhood Energy Utility plant’s flue
stacks have been sculptured in the shape of a
stainless steel hand. The fingernails, made from
LED panels, change color depending on the
amount of green energy being used.
The federal Gas Tax Fund is a
tripartite agreement between Canada,
British Columbia and Union of British
Columbia Municipalities (UBCM). It
delivers infrastructure funding to local
governments for capital projects that
lead to cleaner air, cleaner water or
reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Through 2014, the fund will provide a
total of CA$1.6 billion ($1.5 billion) for
local infrastructure in British Columbia.
UBCM administers the Gas Tax Fund
in the province in collaboration with
the Canadian and British Columbia
Grand Valley, Veolia
Veolia Energy North America
announced that it has renewed its
agreement with Grand Valley State
University (GVSU) in Grand Rapids, Mich.,
to continue providing thermal heating
services to the institution’s Pew Grand
Rapids campus. Since 1998, GVSU has
received thermal energy at two locations,
Secchia Hall and DeVos Center, via
the downtown Grand Rapids district
energy system. As part of the three-year
contract extension, Veolia Energy will
also collaborate with the university to
increase its energy efficiency.
Veolia Energy acquired the
former Kent County District Heating
and Cooling system in November 2008.
Since then improvements have been
systematically implemented to increase
operational efficiency, including the
installation of a condensing economizer.
Veolia Energy will also improve
GVSU’s operations and sustainability by
implementing a system that will permit
the university to purchase less water and
instead reuse condensate as makeup
water for its cooling towers.
The company provides
approximately 125 commercial,
government, institutional and health
care customers with district energy
services in the Grand Rapids central