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When Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (November 1999)

September 22, 2000
An atrium presents special ventilation concerns. When it comes to getting professional feedback, consider not only whom to ask, but how you phrase the question. In at least one case, this process led to a finished design going up in smoke.
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Recovering Energy, Discovering Savings (November 1999)

September 22, 2000
Energy recovery ventilators taught Houston's Alexander Elementary a lesson about ventilation, humidity control, and cost issues. Here's a primer on the ERV school of thought.
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An Appetite For Detail (November 1999)

September 22, 2000
A good kitchen ventilation system includes a variety of design ingredients. Select your hoods, ducts, and fire protection carefully, blend them with local codes, and you can avoid a half-baked design.
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Give Your Mechanical System A Physical (November 1999)

September 22, 2000
Your company has a health plan. Does your facility's equipment? Setting maintenance priorities, embracing current technology, and keeping an eye on the pipes can maintain physical (and fiscal) health.
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Up On The Roof (November 1999)

September 22, 2000
Part-load control strategies can optimize packaged rooftop unit performance. To plan for an energy-efficient view, keep one eye on the weather, and another on your system flexibility options.
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Meter, Meter On The Wall (Help Me Get The Best Rates Of All) (November 1999)

September 22, 2000
The advent of deregulation and the ever-decreasing cost of information technologies is making that meter on the side of the building a hot property. Manufacturers, utilities, and energy services providers are lined up at the door, wanting to offer metering services to companies big and small.
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School's Earthquake Recovery: Successful To A Fault

September 22, 2000
The philosophy behind creating an Office of Energy Management helped California State University (Northridge) make the transition from $350 million in damage to $700,000 in annual savings.After the 1994 earthquake
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Energy Planning Network: Get To Know Your Bills “Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality,” (November 1999)

September 22, 2000
Reading the ones your utility sends will leaves you more to put in the bank.
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Thermal Storage Finds Cool Results In Midwestern Cities

September 22, 2000
A potent combination of thermal storage, a three-pronged chiller approach, and unique "trigeneration" technology contributes to the comfort of countless groups - engineers and otherwise - convening each year at
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Retrofits Drive Savings For Minnesota Complex

September 22, 2000
Aside from baseball's Twins and the Twin Cities, Minnesota also has a twin-tower government complex in Minneapolis. A unique feature - and air-handling challenge - is its 150-ft, 24-story atrium.With
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