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Health care air conditioner replacement turns into no tall order

October 30, 2012
New York City is certainly renowned for the quantity and variety of tall buildings towering over the Manhattan skyline. Many of these structures are at a point where age has taken its toll on mechanical systems and now require replacement. Even if they are still operational, today’s new A/C systems are more energy efficient, making it cost effective for changeout.
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Iconic cool: TES and chiller retrofit eases system strain from the other side of Rockefeller Center

August 28, 2012
Rockefeller Center is one of the most recognized commercial properties in the world. Defining midtown Manhattan, Rockefeller Center encompasses the six square blocks between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas from 48th to 51st Streets. The landmark property consists of approximately 8 million rentable sq ft in ten buildings with unique, internationally recognized architectural features.
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Motors & Drives Rebate Update

August 27, 2012
How often do you get paid to save money through improved system performance? Utilities have their own reasons for seeing you lower your bills, so don’t get started on that next retrofit until you’re sure your organization isn’t leaving money on the table.
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Geothermal Think Tank Takes On The Extraordinary Job

August 27, 2012
For the massive 235,000-sq-ft Merrimack County Nursing Home in New Hampshire, the geothermal source available nearby may not have been the fountain of youth, but it did prove key to the center’s “uber-green” mechanical system retrofit. See how the companies involved brought together 16 wells, over 300 water-to-air heat pumps, and the rest of the 615-ton system to serve this 290-bed facility.
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New York craft brewer hops on benefits of boiler retrofit

August 2, 2012
Word of mouth is a potent ingredient in craft brewing, the fastest-growing segment of U.S. beer making. Defined as producers of fewer than 6 million barrels annually, craft brewers tend to share best-practice tips with the same enthusiasm that beer lovers have for the unique brands and flavors they create.
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Engineering-oriented school engineers VRF upgrade for old dorms

July 2, 2012
Established in 1955 and named after Harvey Seeley Mudd, a successful California mining engineer, Harvey Mudd College (HMC) is a private, residential liberal arts college of science, engineering, and mathematics located in Claremont, CA.
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Cardinal Rules

June 4, 2012
Stanford University’s Energy Retrofit Program is nearing 20 years in action. The Whole Building En-ergy Retrofit Program that it spawned is tackling even bigger projects. See how these two ongoing efforts are organized to boost the campus’ long-term sustainability while earning attractive ROIs to sustain themselves as well.
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High school's summer job: quieter, efficient chillers

June 2, 2012
A quiet learning environment, consistent comfort, and energy efficiency topped the list of requirements at Northbrook Junior High School in selecting chillers as part of a $1.88 million life-safety improvement renovation project. The two-story, 135,000-sq- ft school was originally built in 1958 and now serves 650 students in grades six through eight. The renovation project included replacement of all heating and cooling system components.
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Earning A+ is no sweat for VSH compressors at William & Mary

May 31, 2012
Although it’s the second-oldest college in America, the College of William & Mary boasts the oldest college building in the United States, the Sir Christopher Wren Building, which was built in 1695 before the founding of nearby Williamsburg, VA. Now fast-forward to the 1960s, when the college expanded to accommodate Baby Boom students.
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Alaska federal building warms to GSA requirements with wood pellet boiler

March 27, 2012
Wood pellet boilers were a key innovative component of the recent $4.7 million upgrade at the Ketchikan Federal Building in Ketchikan, AK. The 1930s-era, six-story building had a 47-yr-old steam boiler system that was at the end of its useful life and was providing inconsistent heat to the building.
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