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Better Project Delivery: Health Care Infrastructure Projects

July 1, 2011
Here, our long-time forward-thinking columnist uses a common hospital scenario to walk you through the shift from Design-Bid-Build to an Integrated Project Delivery approach. See how the job can get done with similar personnel on a considerably shorter schedule, resulting in a greater team investment in the project’s success and yet more time to get on to other work.
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Commissioning: Equipment And Controls Integration

July 1, 2011
We still face plenty of ways for start-up to be a let down.
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Thermal Energy Storage Benefits And Sensible Systems

July 1, 2011
Some thermal storage media are familiar to most of us, but what about gravel? Or lake water? See how those can work in the right environments, and tuck this away as a general refresher on thermal storage concepts and options for use in hospitals, data centers, and elsewhere.
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Plenum Requirements For Egress Corridors In Health Care Environments

July 1, 2011
Incorporating a plenum can have its design advantages, but corridors serving adjoining areas of health care occupancies are prohibited from being used for a portion of an air supply, air return, or exhaust air plenum. This article and its illustrations can strengthen your grasp of the related NFPA code details and exceptions so you can design and ventilate properly for this special population.
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Taking Notes: Desiccant Dehumidification

June 1, 2011
Whether your client has a school or office building, desiccant dehumidification can successfully control the project’s humidity, save energy, and remove pollutants. This primer empowers you to teach your clients how desiccants work, while other tips and applications can help your future projects more than make the grade.
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A Boiler Plant Upgrade's Tough College Course

June 1, 2011
Here’s a task: bridge the new mechanical room to the utility connection in the old space - located in an adjacent building in Chicago’s South Loop. Room for equipment is frequently tight, but in the case of this steam pipe, the room for error was less than one inch. The kind of planning that navigated that challenge accounted for (almost) everything in this tricky retrofit.
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Knowledge is power: Hawaii dormitory deploys VRF for better management, metering

June 1, 2011
A VRF system installed in this University of Hawaii dorm helped the school achieve LEED® certification and lower energy costs. Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH-M)
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Commissioning: WHAT IS Accessible?

June 1, 2011
As noted in last month’s column, accessibility to mechanical, electrical, and control system components is critical for sustainable systems operation. However, the design and construction industry is sorely lacking when it comes to agreeing on what appropriate accessibility means. In order to make a meaningful difference in how systems are delivered to owners/operators, it is critical to define measurable accessibility acceptance criteria early in the design phase and allow the commissioning professional to shepherd that criteria through the design, construction, and acceptance phases.
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Commissioning: ALL-Access Pass

May 1, 2011
If you can’t get to it, you can’t commission it.
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Ventilation Leads Kerry's Recipe For Success

May 1, 2011
For a consumer food group’s very mixed-space campus, HGA’s careful outdoor air strategy got support from smart boiler, chiller, and lighting design to create performance tailored for the client while comfortably exceeding LEED®and ASHRAE 90.1 requirements.
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