Integrated sustainable buildings

ASME’s Energy Grand Challenge, some years ago, identified the need to increase the Society’s profile in renewable and emerging technologies. As an outcome of this initiative, last Friday, ASME’s Integrated/Sustainable Building Equipment and Systems Task Force, headed by Jorge Gonzalez, Ph.D., The City University of New York, held a roundtable discussion focusing on opportunities for integrating technologies and disciplines.

The areas covered included:

  • Building systems control strategies
  • Integrated power generators
  • Building integrated solar technologies
  • City-scale integrated sustainable energy technologies

The full roundtable session was videotaped and will be released soon. In her opening remarks, ASME President Victoria Rockwell said, “A word about being sustainable, or Green. To be sustainable, to be green, makes cities more livable, and also more competitive. The earlier we introduce it in our thinking the better.”

She continued, “In the U.S. and Canada, the top four green cities are San Francisco, Vancouver, New York and Seattle—according to the Green City Index commissioned by Siemens last year. Generally speaking, American cities fared well as compared to other global regions in the areas of air and waste policies as well as recycling and water infrastructure. Cities that performed best have comprehensive sustainability plans that encompass every aspect of creating a greener future including transportation, land use, energy use, carbon dioxide emissions, and water.”

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John G. Falcioni is Editor-in-Chief of Mechanical Engineering magazine, the flagship publication of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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