Biomass Resources

The Benefits Of Biomass Gasification For Buildings Reliant On Propane Or Electric Grids

We were recently introduced to a commercial application of biomass gasification during our visit the Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack, Minnesota.   What we learned surprised us. Biomass gasification relies on renewable energy sources such as cord wood, wood pellets, and agricultural crop wastes.  The technology is relatively simple, efficient, and utilizes the secondary burning…

particles

Use of Particle Counters To Identify Contaminant Sources In Buildings

Tenants of a mixed-use office suite reported several unexplained health effects that were purportedly associated with building occupancy.  These effects include headache, respiratory problems, eye irritation, and discomfort associated with unpleasant tastes and odors.  The structure was previously affected by water damage from interior flooding.  The building tenants therefore suspected that ailments could somehow be…

Commercial Energy Codes

The Minnesota Energy Code: A State Of Confusion?

States must comply with the U.S. Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA), which requires that commercial building codes meet or exceed the standards set forth by ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1.  These requirements address the design of the building envelope, lighting systems, HVAC systems, and other energy-using equipment. Minnesota’s current commercial energy code became effective on June…