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Designs That Integrate — Applying ASHRAE 90.1

Luxury retail, data centers, retrofitted corporate space … they all had to meet 90.1. From lighting upgrades to custom coils on a factory chiller, explore specifics while absorbing the message to increase team integration earlier in the process.
ASHRAE 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings, has served as a benchmark for both new and retrofit commercial building design for the last 35 years and continues to lead today’s sustainably minded business culture.
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Airside Economizers For Indoor Pools

Sometimes it’s less important to think outside the box than to notice that the stuff inside the box has changed. In the case of airside economizers, more modern components and seasonal opportunities can make things work swimmingly.
Airside economizers are simple, effective systems that significantly reduce cooling energy use and improve indoor air quality.
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Auditorium Overhaul

Since opening in November 1929, Northrop Auditorium has served the University of Minnesota as a venue for music, dance, traveling roadshows, and convocations in its auditorium.
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Improve Pump Operations with VFD Network Multiplexing

From setting up node addresses to the nuances of lead and lag pump operation, explore the opportunities for tailored, more efficient performance and increased redundancy.
Single VFDs are often integrated into new and existing applications due to the huge amount of energy savings and programming benefits.
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BACK 2 BASICS

Building Program To Basis Of Design For An Office Space Tenant Retrofit Building Project

The majority of, if not all, office buildings will go through a series of office space retrofits over the course of time
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: Keeping Them Under Control, Part 1

Schedules can get out of control for several reasons. What’s to be done to prevent or minimize the fallout?
Last month, this column introduced the concept of an “excessively long” commissioning action list (CAL).
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

Dress For Success

What you wear says a lot about who you are.
Back in 1975, John T. Molloy wrote a book titled Dress for Success.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Upgrading VAV Boxes

DDC benefits are beyond question, although “repair vs. replace” is a judgment call.
VAV terminal units have been widely used for space comfort conditioning over the last 30 plus years.
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A Starring Role For Universal City Retrofit

A Hilton in the heart of show biz transformed into a sustainable destination hotel with the help of chiller and cooling tower overhauls and improved BAS and ventilation strategies. Don’t miss the final plot twist before the system’s big launch party.
A hotel’s success in the hospitality industry is measured by the quality and value of its guests’ experience, and that requires the hotel to deliver consistently flawless service and reliable comfort at a competitive rate.
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Radiant Panels On Campus

This law school design story moves on from rationales for early decisions to the specific next-phase design challenges. Team effort combines with DOAS, radiant ceiling panels, DCV, and setpoint fine-tuning to maintain this case’s appeal.
Perhaps the U.S.’s largest to-date Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) coupled with radiant ceiling panel (RCP) cooling and heating mechanical system is currently under construction at the Washington College of Law at American University (Washington).
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