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Floored!

The activities around the Expo continue to increase, but the miles and miles of exhibit space still sits in the center of the action. Here’s our annual glimpse at what’s new from the companies who hope to draw you to their booths this month.
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Cutting Costs vs. Creeping Copper: The Data Center Airside Economizer Conundrum

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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Commissioning Fire Alarm Systems

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

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

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

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

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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