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TOMORROW'S ENVIRONMENT

More On First-Time Managers

Showing the group the big picture and tailoring skill sets to the workload can pay off.
With this year coming to an end and a new business year starting next month, this is a good time for a first-time manager to stop and take one last look at her first year business plan and assess how things went relative to the company’s goals; the employees within the group’s goals; and the group’s sales, revenue, and operating budget.
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Radiant HVAC The How, Where & Why

Does an old-school concept deserve consideration for a wider range of projects these days? After a refresher on the basics, warm up to a variety of current tips and advantages for maintenance, controls, and installation.
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: Keeping Them Under Control, Part 3

Don’t let this trio of developments throw you off your game.
I will close out 2014 with this final column about how to avoid excessively long commissioning action lists (CALs).
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Pressure-Independent Control Valves

PICV technology has its benefits, but is it worth it?
On several recent projects, we have had control contractors who have promoted the use of pressure-independent control valves (PICV).
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District Chilled Water Systems Design: A Tale Of Two Footprints

Circumstances converged to construct a pair of plants on campus in a short timeframe. However, these projects weren’t identical twins by any means: different needs, locations, and other factors drove some major differences, from cooling towers to standby power.
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: Keeping Them Under Control, Part 2

Some coordinated drudgery up front will prevent unwanted drama on the back end.
This month’s column is a continuation of my September and October columns regarding excessively long commissioning action lists (CALs). I will continue exploring the multiple reasons why the CAL might get out of hand, who might be responsible, and what the commissioning professional might do about it.
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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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Tomorrow’s Environment

Third-Party Troubleshooting Review - Part 2

Mapping out the system and walking to conclusions will go a long way in solving mechanical errors.
Continuing on with Part 2 of the discussion on troubleshooting problematic HVAC systems and buildings, I want to get a little more detailed with how to grasp the big picture when starting out with problem solving an installation.
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Infectious Microorganisms Do Not Care About Your Existing Policies

Personnel, common practices, and pathogen behavior all complicate the battle against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). An overly narrow definition of “airborne” and a habit of confusing comfort with safety may be making things worse, too. Understand the enemy — why less may be more when it comes to room changes, and more may be more regarding relative humidity — to get beyond “business as usual” and knock down the risk to patients.
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ASHRAE 170 Update: Standard Operating Procedure

Air changes in some but not all spaces, duct liner here but not necessarily there, rooftop unit requirements … do the rounds and get a feel for the current condition of ASHRAE Standard 170, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities.
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