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More Than Just Fun And Games

This project team left nothing to chance when it came to designing a five-story mixed-space facility for a Chicago gaming company.
August 29, 2013
This project team left nothing to chance when it came to designing a five-story mixed-space facility for a Chicago gaming company. They also dealt a full hand of space-specific tactics: upgraded DX units, a dedicated variable-speed kitchen exhaust system, underfloor air, and better motors and drives improved the odds for efficiency. Pull the handle on this project story to get to the payoff.
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Case In Point

Natatorium dehumidification goes swimmingly, aided by geothermal and heat recovery

July 1, 2013
The city of Côte Saint Luc in Quebec recently opened its new Aquatic and Community Centre with a cost of $18 million. While this may seem like a hefty price tag, the city will be saving millions of dollars on energy costs, thanks in part to the center’s HVAC system.
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ABB to purchase UK-based Dynamotive

June 10, 2013

Automation company ABB has announced its intention to buy Dynamotive Ltd.


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A Lesson Plan For Sustainability

The Medical University of South Carolina implemented broad energy efficiency im-provements without incurring capital costs.
June 1, 2013
Today, many state institutions of higher learning and healthcare facilities face reduced budgets, aging infrastructure, and rising energy costs. According to the EPA, colleges and universities spend close to $2 billion each year on energy. These institutions are seeking innovative ways to renew facilities, improve energy efficiency, and reduce energy costs. One option gaining some renewed momentum is the Energy Savings Performance Contract (EPSC).
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Retrofitting Rutgers

June 30, 2012
Identifying motor retrofit opportunities in cooling towers, air handlers, exhaust fans, and circulating pumps reflects the no-stone-unturned strategy Rutgers employs in energy management.For those motors, boiler upgrades, and future projects, the university regularly seizes on multiple incentives opportunities — ranging from utility offers to good old-fashioned intraschool competition — to teach efficiency in action.
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Case in Point

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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Energy Retro-Cx

December 2, 2011
Month 3- The Energy Conservation Opportunity: K-12 School Building Unit Ventilator System Application — Solution Implementation and Monitoring, Measuring, and Benchmarking
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Soft starters: ABB

October 31, 2011
The company has released the PSE soft starter family, a compact soft starter with two-phase torque control.
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Calculating Life-Cycle Cost

Detailed calculations can unearth hidden savings.
September 6, 2011
Whether at work or in our personal lives, we all try to be smart shoppers. We’ll go that extra mile to save a few percent on upfront purchase costs but every so often miss the big picture by not taking total cost of ownership (TCO) into account.
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Building Automation - Part 2: VFDS AND BAS

Application, integration, and what your drive can tell you.
September 6, 2011
Last month, we started this series on the use of VFDs as part of a control system. We talked about the many benefits and some recommended cautions in applying the use of this technology.
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Improving Cooling and PUE in Existing Data Centers

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