August 9, 2011
Group14 Engineering is sponsoring a cook stove competition to be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 3 pm to 5 pm at RedLine Galleries. This competition is in conjunction with Design for the Other 90%.
Nearly half of the world’s population, an estimated 3 billion people, use open fire to cook. This practice results the premature death of 1.6 million people annually through building fires, poor ventilation and cooking accidents.
Join Group14 in exploring the health risks and environmental impacts associated with these cooking practices during our cook stove competition. Our aim is to raise awareness, increase education, and promote collaboration between the industry and community in working towards a better solution.
How Can You Participate?
Group14 is inviting stove designers to participate in a cook off. Stove designs will be evaluated based on various criteria including their thermal efficiency, environmental impact of their fuel source, ventilation, cost, capability of local manufacture, portability, robustness, embodied energy and creativity.
As a part of the competition, Group14 will provide an overview of the current implementation of improved cook stoves, opportunities for future development, and the local and global implications of half the world’s cooking practices.
Stove Cooktop Competition:
Saturday, August 27, 2011
3pm to 5pm
Design for the Other 90% – Exhibit Hours:
The “Design for the Other 90%” Exhibit is open to the public
July 9 – September 25, 2011
Tuesday – Friday 10a-5p
Saturday – Sunday 11a-5p
For More Information:
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September 23, 2010
Group14 provides building energy modeling, LEED consulting, greenhouse gas accounting, energy master planning, commissioning, and energy audits for projects across the nation. Group14 Engineering’s primary markets include K-12, higher education, labs, healthcare, libraries and community centers, municipalities, multi-family, state and federal buildings, and corporate offices.
Group14 Engineering was incorporated in Colorado 1993 under the name of a leading Canadian consulting firm exclusively dedicated to green buildings. “Our new name emphasizes our commitment to long-term sustainability, efficiency and resource conservation,” said Susan Reilly, president of Group14 Engineering.
Group14 Engineering takes its name from the periodic table — Group 14 is the Carbon Group. The name represents the firm’s focus on design guidance, field work and engineering research to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. “Our multi-disciplinary team is always working to advance the knowledge of the industry,” said Dennis Jones, Director of Commissioning and Measurement & Verification Services. “Our efforts are at the intersection of building science and practice.”
About Group14 Engineering
Group14 Engineering is a Denver-based consulting firm committed to inspiring better buildings. Founded in 1993, Group14 Engineering provides building energy analysis, energy master planning, greenhouse gas analysis, commissioning and LEED services. The company helps clients navigate a wide range of issues from building orientation and daylighting to building operations and product purchasing in order to achieve their sustainability goals. The company’s website is www.group14eng.com.
September 1, 2010
In April 2010, Group14 Engineering’s Denver office was certified LEED Platinum, the world’s first LEED Platinum certification under LEED v3.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded Enermodal’s historic building 84 points. To achieve LEED Platinum, a building must achieve at least 80 points. Enermodal achieved every LEED point submitted to USGBC.
The historic building project was not without its challenges. As a brownfield site, special abatement issues had to be addressed before renovations could commence. A high efficiency HVAC system replaced an aging system, while daylighting and lighting design significantly reduce energy consumption. A rooftop photovoltaic system provides 15% of the building’s energy.
August 20, 2010
In May 2010, Group14 Engineering hired Michael Levinson to lead the firm’s growing client roster for existing buildings. Michael’s experience with existing buildings includes the first LEED EBOM (Existing Building Operations and Maintenance) in the state of Missouri, as well as sustainability consulting for municipalities and corporations. Michael’s expertise with existing buildings is demonstrated through his experience with sustainability and energy reduction strategies, as well as helping clients determine the best return-on-investment for their projects.
Michael Levinson is a graduate of George Washington University, and he is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
August 18, 2010
In March 2010, Group14 Engineering announced the rollout of their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventory service. GHG inventory services provide a comprehensive overview of an organization’s GHG emissions, and this new service complements Group14 Engineering’s existing portfolio of building energy analysis and commissioning services provided to clients.
Rachelle Macur, LEED AP and a sustainability consultant with Group14 Engineering, is the project manager for GHG inventory services. Rachelle noted, “Our built environment has a huge impact on the environment – its ecological systems and wildlife – and this is becoming apparent through climate change. Calculating an operation’s GHG emissions is one way to begin to quantify that impact and to evaluate corrective action that can be taken.”
Susan Reilly, President of Group14 Engineering, believes that GHG emissions inventory services can be a key contributor to a sustainable, green building environment. Regarding the GHG inventory, Reilly noted, “these inventories are meant to provide key greenhouse gas metrics for building owners and operators. With this information and follow-on re-commissioning services, they can reduce their building’s carbon footprint, while enhancing their occupants’ comfort and realizing significant energy savings.”
August 15, 2010
In 2008, Xcel Energy selected Group14 Engineering of Denver to provide energy modeling and analysis for Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Design Assistance (EDA) program. The contract is for a four-year term which began in March 2009. Through Group14 Engineering, the EDA program provides energy design and analysis services free-of-charge to Xcel Energy commercial and industrial electricity customers that meet certain eligibility requirements. EDA is part of Xcel Energy’s Business New Construction program.
Xcel Energy’s 2009 EDA program is similar to past years in that it applies to new commercial buildings in Xcel Energy territory of 50,000 SF or larger, but has been changed in several ways that make it more attractive for building owners: