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Saving Energy With Manual J and Manual DWhen Do I Need to Perform a Load Calculation?Who Can Perform My Load Calculations?Manual J Load Calculations vs. Rules of Thumb Calculations are important, but often ignoredThe HVAC calculations published by ACCA are cited by many designers and builders as essential tools for sizing heating and cooling equipment correctly, and are required by most building codes. Even so, many HVAC contractors reportedly rely on old rules of thumb for specifying air conditioners, boilers, and furnaces — a certain heating or cooling output based on square footage, for example — so specified equipment often has too much capacity.As GBA senior editor Martin Holladay said in a blog on the topic, a U.S. Department of Energy website casually suggests that homeowners should be able to get these calculations done by HVAC contractors at little or no cost. Unfortunately, experience suggests that few HVAC contractors have the skills or the software to do this.“It seems that few HVAC contractors understand how to prepare an accurate report, often oversizing systems out of habit rather than designing them for the actual house loads,” GBA contributor Carl Seville has written. “Also, while the reports are supposed to be delivered before the equipment is installed, they rarely are, and mistakes are usually identified well past the time to make any corrections.”Wrote Allison Bailes: “HVAC contractors, at least here in the Southeast, don’t often do Manual J load calculations at all. They mostly use rules of thumb based on square footage (e.g., 500 square feet per ton of AC capacity). When they take the time to enter data and run a Manual J, they usually do it incorrectly.”Elite President Bill Smith said by phone that the low cost of Rhvac Online might encourage more homeowners to run the calculations, especially if they take advantage of the free Cool Calc for Manual J. “But the primary person who’s going to buy into this is an air conditioning contractor,” he said.“The one thing that’s encouraging them the most is the fact that the International Residential Code since 2009 has had the requirement of Manual J and Manual S,” Smith continued, “but all the different municipalities around the country were slow to adapt.“Every day that goes by we see more and more places where it’s required. So what I’m seeing now is not so much that contractors themselves say they ought to become better at this, they’re being made to be better. The municipalities are saying you’ve got to submit a Manual J or a Manual S to get a permit.” RELATED ARTICLES A software company specializing in products for builders has released an online program that performs three important calculations used in the design of HVAC systems: Manual J, Manual D, and Manual S calculations.The worksheets developed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) are used to determine heating and cooling loads (Manual J), to size air ducts (Manual D), and to select equipment (Manual S). Contractors and designers have several software programs to choose from but Elite Software says that its Rhvac Online program is the first to combine all three.Elite’s Rhvac Desktop is a Windows program — it won’t run on a Mac without CrossOver, Boot Camp, or something similar — but the online version can run on any Web-connected device, including smartphones and tablets. The College Station, Texas, company offers an online demo for users who register at Elite’s website.Contractors can save individual projects in the cloud and import and export files to Elite’s Rhvac desktop software, according to the company. Elite offers specs and details of Rhvac Online at its website.Rhvac Online is available in two versions, each of which requires a one-year subscription: users who already have the desktop software (Rhvac 9) will pay $199; those who don’t pay $239. In addition, the company offers subscriptions for just the Manual S ($49) and Manual D ($89) for those who are satisfied with another Manual J calculator, such as Cool Calc. In that case, Elite’s Manual J would operate in demo mode only. Rhvac Online has all the major features of the desktop version, but it can be used only when the device is connected to the internet, and it won’t show as much information on one screen as the desktop version. Ideally, Elite says, a designer would have both the desktop and online versions.
Categories: News 27Mar MacGregor invites local pastor to deliver House invocation Rep. Peter MacGregor, back left, bows his head as Craig Owens, pastor of Calvary Assembly of God Church in Cedar Springs, delivers the invocation to the state House of Representatives before today’s legislative session at the Michigan Capitol.
Madison Killion, State Rep. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, and McKenna Merkel testify before the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs in support of House Resolution 390. Resolution supports no-cost calls for active duty service members State Rep. Dale Zorn, R-Ida, was joined in the House Committee on Military and Veterans affairs today by Dundee students Madison Killion, McKenna Merkel, Hannah Keinath and Britney Weick during testimony for House Resolution 390, which urges the U.S. Department of Defense to provide toll-free overseas telephone calls for the brave men and women serving around the world.“It was an honor to testify with students from Dundee High School who made it their mission to ask the Federal government to provide toll-free telephone calling while a soldier is deployed overseas,” Zorn said. “Madison and McKenna provided superb testimony that was well-communicated to the members of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.”The four high school students from Dundee organized the “Helping Soldiers Reach Home” project, which has petitioned the U.S. government to provide toll-free telephone calls to active duty service members overseas.“I am proud of these students, who care deeply about the well-being of our soldiers and their families.” Zorn said.Testimony focused on the vital role that personal communication plays when a service member is away from family and loved ones. Maintaining an emotional connection with family and home is essential to sustaining personal relationships and the emotional well-being of the soldier.The students have also spoken about their project at school assemblies and began a corresponding petition drive to submit to the Federal government.### Categories: News 24Sep Zorn welcomes Dundee students’ testimony
BT has said it is making significant inroads to the UK pubs and clubs market with its BT Sport offering.Citing the results of an independent survey by Sweeney Pinedo in April based on 2,011 telephone interviews, the telco says it has signed up 19,000 commercial premises, including pubs, clubs, betting shops, hotels and other premises, over the nine months since the service launched.BT claims to have captured a 24% share of all pubs, including groups and independents, placing it almost on a par with BSkyB which delivers services to 25% of UK pubs.BT’s service is available via satellite to pubs and clubs that already have equipment to receive Sky’s service, and BT is also installing equipment at no extra charge to commercial premises that do not yet take the Sky offering.Other significant commercial contracts for BT include one with bookmaker chain Betfred, where the telco delivers its three channels to 1,400 outlets across the UK.“To sign up 19,000 customers is a fantastic achievement and underlines the appeal and the affordability of BT Sport. And to achieve a 24 per cent share of pubs in our first year is phenomenal,” said Bruce Cuthbert, director of commercial customers, BT Sport.“A year ago we said we wanted to bring premium live sport to a wider audience including those that were unable to afford Sky’s high prices, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. To be able to grow the market by 26 per cent and to be a part of what pubs are able to offer their customers is enormously satisfying. Our success in the commercial TV sports market adds to our achievements in the consumer area, where BT Sport is now available in around five million homes.”