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JBA Consulting Engineers Embraces Technology To Power Growth

January 11, 2012
Follow one firm’s path from committing to BIM to climbing a learning curve in using it to serve clients, and even on to taking an unusual step to fill what it sees as a need in the market.
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Cutting Costs vs. Creeping Copper: The Data Center Airside Economizer Conundrum

January 10, 2012
So Charles Dickens, Ferris Bueller, a chicken, and a pig walk into an HVAC article … and try to sort out proper use of outdoor air in data centers. As you might imagine, it’s not simple. But if you remember these three design absolutes and consider your client’s specific perspective, the resulting efficiencies might have you singing Wayne Newton at the prospect of repeat business.
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Third-Party TAB Consulting In Sync With Third-Party Commissioning – Its Time Has Come.

January 9, 2012
The people in the industry don’t necessarily make a loud argument for it, but the results often do. How to get this ball rolling, sell it, and see it through from design to occupancy? Look ahead by looking below.
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Commissioning Fire Alarm Systems

January 9, 2012
This month, our life safety coverage arrives from the commissioning side. From design phase to tips on navigating a seemingly untenable number of observations, and on to post-testing tasks, here’s one consultant’s solid reference to keep you and your client from getting unnecessarily alarmed.
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Motors For Use With VFDs

January 9, 2012
The questions can pile up quickly when it’s time to specify a motor to pair with a variable drive. The information available sometimes leaves one wondering just as much about the information that is unavailable. Will a decision hold up not only in the actual application but also possibly in court? Wade into compatibility, spec terms, partial loads, and more as we try to get this motor running.
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The Global Debate On The Phasedown Of HFC Refrigerants

January 3, 2012
Where do things stand in the never-boring world of refrigerant evolution? An industry veteran looks at life since the Montreal Protocol, a range of alternative refrigerants, and the political climate around the issue. For more than one reason, he writes, it is beneficial to keep up on the details and lead this refrigerant ‘charge.’
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New Hampshire School: Simply Radiant Design

December 8, 2011
OK, not exactly simply. This lesson plan featured a one-two combo of radiant heat and displacement ventilation, along with smart use of sensors in its ventilation strategy. Multiple lighting/daylighting tactics drive costs down further while protecting comfort, and in every aspect, the team kept their eyes on cost vs. grants and equipment payback to keep the budget in check.
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Chicago In Season

December 2, 2011
The truth is, you could have an extremely fruitful trip to the AHR/ASHRAE host city next month and never set foot on the Expo floor. Between the paid ASHRAE courses and all the free sessions hosted by various groups over at the Expo (see conveniently integrated list below), attendees may have some hard choices as they balance new products with hot topics.
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Cooling The Classics

November 1, 2011
University of Chicago has combined an underground library with a domed reading room. Throw in a restoration room for work on rare and sensitive materials, and you have a three-tiered engineering challenge for ventilation, humidification, dehumidification, and filtration.
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ENERGY CONSERVATION IN EXISTING BUILDINGS

October 31, 2011
The building design and construction industry has been guided and encouraged by Federal legislation and private programs to reduce energy consumption in new buildings and major renovations with initiatives such as EPACT 2005 and USGBC’s LEED®. But what about existing buildings not slated for significant capital improvements?
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