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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

More On Doing The Right Thing

Advice for the jobsite, including don’t play “the blame game.”
To follow up last month’s discussion on doing the right thing when it comes to addressing another person/company’s problem(s), let’s look at a few scenarios, problems, pitfalls, and approaches to correcting an error.
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Editor's Note

Novelty No More?

Signs hint at gradual steps toward a more sensible presence for women in engineering.
It’s been 15 years since I went to my first AHR Expo, walked around, and said to myself, “Wow, this crowd is pretty much all dudes.”
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Commissioning

Remote System Readiness Verification

As technology advances, the pre-functional checklist is becoming a thing of the past.
When I started building systems commissioning 25 years ago, it did not take long to figure out that more was needed to confirm that the commissioned systems were complete and ready for testing than just the general contractor’s word for it.
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Boilers: The Front-Loading Lowdown

The forward march of progress in terms of basic equipment and controls sophistication has made the combination of condensing and non-condensing boilers more attractive than ever. Still, you can’t just grab one of each and expect miracles.
Front-end loading is gaining momentum as a boiler system design strategy, as higher-efficiency condensing boilers replace older boiler technology and system control intelligence continues to improve
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Motor Selection HVAC Design

Who actually specified that motor? Did they keep the entire system in mind or were they simply specifying one component at a time? And will that spec require over-speeding the motor?
Often, an HVAC system is designed by the selection of individual components and not by a whole-system approach
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Tablet As Building Engineering Tool, Part 3: Commissioning

What to use for capturing the images and data you need?
In the previous installment on using your tablet to engineer buildings, we focused on design, touching upon apps used to sketch concepts, review drawings, and perform calculations.
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DCIM, DOAS, maybe LEED?

Pull up a pixel and pick an acronym, any acronym …
How many blogs are there? I would suggest one too many if I am now contributing to one.
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Tablet As Building Engineering Tool, Part 2: Designing

Reviewing documents, sizing equipment and systems, and sketching on the go: got an app for that? Also, we compare tablet vs. phone and the advantages or worries that come with taking your tablet into imperfect field conditions. How do you use yours?
After a brief hiatus, we are resuming exploration of the tablet as engineering tool. In the first article, we examined the energy study and how the tablet can facilitate tasks such as annotating existing documents, taking notes, and storing and accessing documents.
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Patient Rooms: CFD For Better IAQ

Can a location of air return affect the flow path of airborne pathogens in a patient room? Use simulations to manage the variables and improve the design in a space that is no room for error.
Air is the primary carrier of heat, moisture, contaminants, and airborne pathogens in patient rooms, isolation rooms, and operating rooms.
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Chiller Retrofit: The Attraction Of Magnetic Bearings

With multiple expansions and projects, a DC-area hospital also had to plan for cooling that could keep up with developing demands and spaces.

When the facilities management staff of Mount Vernon Hospital completed an assessment of its central chilled water plant, it became evident that while the original chillers had served the hospital well since its opening in 1975, they were ready for replacement.


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