Yearly Archives: 2010

Big Changes in The Pennsylvania Department of Education PlanCon Instructions

The Pennsylvania Department of Education recently released changes to PlanCon instructions that will have a significant impact on project reimbursement and feasibility studies.  The updated instructions can be downloaded at  www.education.state.pa.us from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Website. These changes are to take effect for all forms submitted after January 31, 2011 and now allow

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Important Changes to the PA Construction Code Act (Act 45) of 1999 | Vol. 4: The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (ECC)

The following are some key energy conservation code changes that engineers, architects and owners should know about in order to minimize negative impacts to your facility.  Section 502.2:  Increased insulation requirements and details for opaque building elements including specific requirements for Group R occupancies.  Section 502.4:  Limitation of hot gas bypass based upon unit size.  The

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Important Changes to the PA Construction Code Act (Act 45) of 1999 | Vol. 3: The 2009 International Plumbing Code (IPC)

The following are some key plumbing code changes that engineers, architects and owners should know about in order to minimize negative impacts to your current or future projects. Section 412.2:  Identifies additional requirements for floor drains and states that they must have ready access for servicing and cleaning. This section further stipulates that drains are not

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Important Changes to the PA Construction Code Act (Act 45) of 1999 | Vol. 2: The 2009 International Mechanical Code (IMC)

The following are some key mechanical code changes that engineers, architects and owners should know about in order to minimize negative impacts to your current or future projects. Section 306.5:  Addresses the accessibility of equipment on rooftops and outlines when permanent ladders must be installed to make equipment readily accessible for service. This section states

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Important Changes to the PA Construction Code Act (Act 45) of 1999 | Vol. 1: The Overview

Construction codes have been part of our society for thousands of years; and while the purpose of building codes have always been to ensure and maintain our safety, learning and staying current with the codes that affect our industry can be a daunting task. Regardless of how time consuming it may be, taking the time

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Vol. 5: Navigating Today’s Complex Energy Landscape

Show Me The Money Along with new legislation surrounding the energy conservation movement comes a number of funding streams available to businesses and organizations like yours to implement energy improvement projects. Both energy conservation and alternative energy projects may be eligible for the following funding opportunities: Stimulus Programs Federal and State Grant Opportunities Low Interest

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Vol. 4: Navigating Today’s Complex Energy Landscape

What We Call “Alternative” Today Will Soon Become Mainstream The technology surrounding alternative and renewable energy solutions continues to evolve as more emphasis is placed on economic development, climate change and America’s dependence on foreign energy sources. The stimulus programs initiated on the federal, state and local levels have also increased awareness and promoted interest

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Vol. 3: Navigating Today’s Complex Energy Landscape

Energy Measurement & Conservation. Where Do I Begin? The first step in successfully reacting to the legislation changes and stimulus plans is to measure and evaluate your facility’s current energy performance to create a baseline from which you can use to develop a strategic energy plan for your facility. Before implementing any energy improvement initiative,

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Vol. 2: Navigating Today’s Complex Energy Landscape

Legislation . Deregulation . What Does it All Mean? There are many drivers shaping the energy conservation movement including national security, energy independence, economic development, climate change and others. These factors have sparked legislative action that requires all of us to take a closer look at how, when and where we use energy and make informed decisions

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Vol. 1: Navigating Today’s Complex Energy Landscape

Confused About Energy? The word energy is arguably the most commonly used word in the A/E/C industry these days; and rightfully so. The increasing cost associated with energy, along with the threat of energy instability and America’s dependence on foreign energy sources are certainly matters that need our attention. In addition, the recent removal of rate

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