With 10 LEED certified facilities and millions of additional square feet in the works, a well-known global Internet company committed to running green facilities was facing cooling and maintenance challenges at several of its data centers.
This past March, I asked the question, “Do you have a corporate sustainability plan?” and recently I was discussing this topic with a director of a physical plant for a major college on the East Coast. He commented, “Energy conservation and environmental management should be a team effort.”
“Not enough airflow.”
These were just a few of the countless complaints that facilities managers of the Basic Medical Science Building at the University of New Mexico were receiving on a regular basis.
A lot has happened since the author’s 2008
article. It’s prime time to revisit expectations for BAS and chiller
optimization controls, and then have a look at several of today’s options for
anyone managing chilled water flow to wring the last drop of efficiency out of
Forget high-tech or
high-expense fixes for a minute. Have you tried to bump efficiency by looking
for the next aisle over, deploying a
Trim and Respond strategy, or trying the soon-to-be-famous Paper On A Stick approach?
Some of the biggest names in the data center universe think that you plant the
seeds of real savings with some mighty simple steps.
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.
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.