Preparation and readiness
Welcome to our first newsletter for the year 2022. This is coming out at the end of the first three months of the year and as such, we would like to encourage you with the theme of preparation and readiness as we move on in 2022.
The word preparation can be interpreted to mean: “the state of having been made ready or prepared for use or action (especially military action)”. The keyword here is: been made ready or prepared for use or action.
In order for us as a society or as individuals to progress and go forward, we need to prepare, be ready and then take action.
An unprepared man or woman is a dangerous person. Likewise, a group of people or concern that is not prepared or ready will not function at their full potential. As we march on in 2022, I challenge you to relook at your preparation and readiness and do something about it.
Below is a parallel of what we can do to be prepared and make a difference. This account is about a man called Zaccheus that decided that he wanted to see the Lord.
This singular decision made the difference in his life. Although he had limitations that he was short, he was not perturbed.
So, as we continue this year, make up your mind and follow these steps:
Make a decision to see
Forget about your limitations
No mediocrity: Don’t settle for less
Decide to stand out and go the extra miles
Do the impossible
Also, big thanks to the University of Pretoria and UJ studentbranches and the branch advisors.
Keep on going on. Be prepared and be Ready!
Introducing Building EQ(Information courtesy of Trent Hunt, Member Utah Chapter of ASHRAE, Building EQ Business Development Subcommittee Chair)
The Building EQ pages on the ASHRAE website have many resources available including several 10 to 15 minute podcasts that introduce both the In Operation and As Designed assessments. There is also a 30 minute training video on how to use the Building EQ Portal. Two Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) documents provide guidance to assist your chapter’s outreach efforts in supporting university-based and grassroots-driven building energy assessments. These resources provide you with opportunities to comply with PAOE Presidential Initiatives such as building operations, energy efficiency, and sustainability.
The most recent Tech Hour featuring ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Doug Cochrane is focused on Building EQ and is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKE6EX7tDx4. This Tech Hour provides a basic understanding of Building EQ and would be a helpful resource for building owners who want to understand how their buildings contribute to their energy resilience and independence plan.
The January issue of the ASHRAE Journal includes a case study article, Building EQ Empowers Schools, Teaches Students, on the use of the Portal in universities and public schools. A short two-page summary of this case study is also being added to the Building EQ page.
- ASHRAE: COVID-19 preparedness resources
- ASHRAE: Position paper on Airborne Infectious Diseases
- ASHRAE: Guidance for building operations during the COVID-19 pandemic
- USA Dept of Labour: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (OSHA 3990-03 2020)
- SA President's Address to Joint Sitting of Parliament on SA's Economic Reconstruction & Recovery Plan