ASHE members taking advantage of free online classes

An article in Health Facilities Management magazine  I saw recently peaked my attention and I wanted to be sure you were aware of it.

ASHE members recently reached a milestone in continuing education and energy efficiency. ASHE members have taken more than 1,200 free online classes through Energy University.   We, at Schneider Electric, have worked with ASHE at a national level so that ASHE members can take these courses and receive CEUs.

Energy University offers a series of e-learning courses available to ASHE members at no cost. The courses are helping facility professionals learn new ways to create energy efficiency health care facilities, which is an especially important topic as hospitals search for ways to reduce operational costs.

Energy University is one of several ASHE resources devoted to helping facility professionals cut costs and utility bills.  Energy University compliments these resources by providing continuing education for facility professionals.

Three ASHE learning paths are available to help members find the curriculum that will be most beneficial to them.

Technician Energy Management Path: This learning path provides an in-depth and comprehensive overview of the basic building systems of the power plant and controls. Before you can achieve maximum efficiency in system operations, it is vital to have a good foundation on the intended function and operations of each system—including boilers and steam systems, compressed air, fans, pumps, and building controls. A “how stuff works” course on each system provides staff members with the practical overview needed to spot energy hogs.

Healthcare Facility Manager Energy Management Path: This path includes a complete survey of the foundational knowledge that a health care facility manager needs to take control of energy.  Topics include lighting, power drive systems, commissioning, measurement and verification, energy billing, and procurement.  This learning path will equip facility managers to understand the available opportunities, have an educated dialogue with experts,  prioritize projects, obtain approvals and funding, successfully select and acquire solutions, and follow up on results.

Energy Manager Management Path: Those looking to advance beyond the foundational elements and boost their energy IQ should take this learning path. This learning path begins with a focused look at energy procurement and provides financial and measurement tools to maximize and sustain results.  This set of classes will enable participants to find opportunities, understand costs, and express financial benefits in order to obtain approvals and secure results.

To access ASHE’s learning paths and the free online courses, visit

Higher capacities, shorter non-wetting distances!

DRI‐STEEM is pleased to announce several new dispersion performance improvements, including
increased tube capacities and shorter absorption distances on Ultra‐sorb, Rapid‐sorb, and non‐pressurized
single dispersion tubes.

Why have tube capacities increased?

  •  New, shorter tubelets allow higher steam flow, increasing capacity without condensate discharge.
  • Less condensate production due to High‐Efficiency Insulated Dispersion Tubes further increases
    tube capacity.
  • Due to the tube capacity increase, Ultra‐sorb Model XV unit capacity has expanded to 1978 lbs/hr.

Why have absorption distances improved?

  •  Current non‐wetting distances are based on absorption testing completed in the early 1990s before the release of Ultra‐sorb. Because Ultra‐sorb was a previously unknown technology, original absorption distances were purposely conservative to ensure trouble‐free operation.  Earlier stated absorption distances allowed for higher fluctuations in steam pressures and in user RH set‐point values. Over two years of comprehensive lab testing, extensive field experience, and the consistent use of high limit devices allows DRI‐STEEM to guarantee shorter (absorption) non-wetting distances on Ultra‐sorb and Rapid‐sorb. Note: Proper system performance will depend on stated steam pressure delivery, user set‐point adherence, and the use of high‐limit devices.
  • As a result, absorption distances have improved between 17 and 42% depending on the specific

What does fewer tubes per application mean?

  • Lower airflow heat gain
  • Lower airflow pressure drop
  • Lower condensate production

You can see the new catalog here, or call Wade Company for help selecting the right humidifier dispersion for your project.


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