Sustainable design means looking ahead and considering how the building created today will be used 50 years from now, according to an ASHRAE speaker at the group's January winter meeting.

"It's not about grabbing the sustainable guide from the shelf and saying ‘I'll take that, and I'll take that,' " said Tim Dwyer, chairman of an ASHRAE technical program seminar on sustainable design tools. There's a whole world to consider."

ASHRAE's work in sustainable design stems from publication of its energy conservation standard in 1975. The group currently is working on "advanced" energy design guides. They hope buildings that use the guides will be up to 30 percent more efficient than those that operate according to ASHRAE's Standard 90.1, "Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings."

The first guide will deal with office buildings up to 20,000 square feet. It will be a how-to guide for contractors and small design-build firms.

"ASHRAE is moving aggressively to provide training and support for this guidance, scheduled to be published later this fall," said Ron Jarnagin, chairman of the committee writing the document.

Editor David Grumman discussed the newly published ASHRAE GreenGuide, written for HVACR system designers. It tells how to participate on design teams charged with producing energy-efficient or "green" buildings. The guide features 29 ASHRAE "GreenTips," which are sidebars containing information on techniques, processes, measures and systems.

Committee Chairman Mark Case gave an update on ASHRAE's technical committee on building environmental impacts and sustainability. The committee is discussing energy resources, delivery processes and impact of materials and systems.

Case noted that an architect recently referred to the committee as "a bit of the conscience of ASHRAE."

ASHRAE President Richard Rooley called for improved communications between architects and engineers.

"We need two new publications: Engineering for Dumb Architects and Architecture for Dumb Engineers," he said. "Why? Because the two professions are clearly failing to communicate and a light-hearted approach to a very serious issue might just solve the problem."

MCAA names senior V.P.

ROCKVILLE, Md. - The Mechanical Contractors Association of America elected Michael Cullinane as senior vice president and treasurer during its 115th convention at Walt Disney World, Feb. 29 to March 4, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The event drew 2,300 attendees.

"It's a real honor to be elected," Cullinane said, "especially as I come from a comparatively small mechanical contracting company. More than half of the member companies in our association would be considered ‘small,' so I hope to be representative of that sector."

Cullinane is president of Bert C. Young & Sons Corp. in Bellwood, Ill. He is active in the association on the national and local levels. He serves on the national board of directors and the Executive Council Marketing Committee. He is a past chairman of the Industry Improvement Funds Committee and has served on the Advanced Leadership Institute Committee.

At the local level, he is secretary and a past president of the MCA of Chicago, where he also serves on the apprentice, government affairs, and meetings and events committees.