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Motors & Drives Rebate Update

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How often do you get paid to save money through improved system performance? Utilities have their own reasons for seeing you lower your bills, so don’t get started on that next retrofit until you’re sure your organization isn’t leaving money on the table.
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Improving Data Centers With Aisle Containment

By Daniel Kennedy
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In which the author lays out the path from earlier data center design to a more recently discovered airflow challenge. Read on for his insights on how to keep positive differential pressure from being a negative for your facility’s energy budget.
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Adiabatic Cooling Of Data Centers

By Carl C. Schultz, P.E.
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Data center HVAC has come a long way since ’80s-era strategies and even since turn-of-the-century room parameters. Consider that evolution, and how options like economizers and evaporative cooling may be more appealing in light of wider environmental envelopes.
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Designing the Learning Space of the Future — An Engineer's Perspective

By Justin Davis P.E., LEED AP BD+C
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The students have changed, and the way spaces get used is changing as well. How do we need think about educational environments to foster better thinking inside them?
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Sustainable Combined On-Site Trigeneration And TES Systems

By Milton Meckler P.E., CPC
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The author's firm recently explored three options for use in buildings that are “user-friendly” when dealing with the highly variable load demands of multi-tenant occupancies, often requiring simultaneous space heating and cooling requirements. Read on to see what they found out about performance and life-cycle cost for their client.
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Air Filtration in Health Care Facilities

By Garold Hamilton P.E. LEED®
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Just what the doctor ordered: specifics on pre-filters, after-filters, AHU tips, and more to meet critical IAQ goals and prevent that ventilation system from operating in a “fog.”
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HVAC Security Emergencies: No Terrorist Required

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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Plenty of potential ventilation crises await many otherwise unassuming buildings, thanks to nothing more sinister than truck accidents, emissions from nearby buildings, or unavoidable natural disasters. However, by pairing a clear basis of design with HVAC response strategies, building owners can apply some forethought and preparation to avoid worst-case consequences. Start by asking the right questions about your facility.
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Retrofitting Rutgers

By Michael D. Kornitas, CEM, LEED®
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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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ESCO 2.0 And Your Next Project

By Mr. Jack Mc Gowan, CEM and Leighton Wolffe
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From a collaborative effort to rebuild after World War II to “microgrids” and buildings selling back un-used electricity, the basic concept has gone under several names and come a long way. Here, the authors discuss how facilities pursuing high performance can make sense of the many energy-related services and programs to help finance capital improvement projects and infrastructure upgrades.
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Cardinal Rules

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Stanford University’s Energy Retrofit Program is nearing 20 years in action. The Whole Building En-ergy Retrofit Program that it spawned is tackling even bigger projects. See how these two ongoing efforts are organized to boost the campus’ long-term sustainability while earning attractive ROIs to sustain themselves as well.
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