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Guest Column: Perforated Materials In High-Purity IAQ Applications

Nowhere is the quality of indoor IAQ more important than in the operating room (OR) of a hospital.
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Plenum Requirements For Egress Corridors In Health Care Environments

Incorporating a plenum can have its design advantages, but corridors serving adjoining areas of health care occupancies are prohibited from being used for a portion of an air supply, air return, or exhaust air plenum. This article and its illustrations can strengthen your grasp of the related NFPA code details and exceptions so you can design and ventilate properly for this special population.
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Engineered Systems High-Performance Buildings / Building Automation: Proactive BAS Alarming for High-Performance Buildings

How can data help you and the facility staff through the transition?
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Low-speed fans team with UV light to improve IAQ at Rwandan hospital

Low-speed fans provide needed ach at this remote mountain hospital. All buildings, regardless of age, are susceptible to IAQ deficiencies. Chemical exposure from new construction, tight building envelopes, and humidity
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Resort receives pool heater as an early Christmas present

A high-efficiency boiler was used to heat this year-round outdoor pool, resulting in less maintenance and lower Btu. In November 2009, the original pool heater at the L’Arbre Croche resort
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Taking Notes: Desiccant Dehumidification

Whether your client has a school or office building, desiccant dehumidification can successfully control the project’s humidity, save energy, and remove pollutants. This primer empowers you to teach your clients how desiccants work, while other tips and applications can help your future projects more than make the grade.
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A Boiler Plant Upgrade's Tough College Course

Here’s a task: bridge the new mechanical room to the utility connection in the old space - located in an adjacent building in Chicago’s South Loop. Room for equipment is frequently tight, but in the case of this steam pipe, the room for error was less than one inch. The kind of planning that navigated that challenge accounted for (almost) everything in this tricky retrofit.
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Precious Metal: Cogeneration And Cooperation At Oregon State

The first university cogen plant in the U.S. to earn LEED® Platinum certification, the OSU Energy Center succeeded via consistently efficiency-minded design and an exceptional level of analysis and teamwork in the commissioning process. Fuel flexibility, staff training, and a projected $650,000 annual savings didn’t hurt, either.
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Eight is enough: Team meets CA residence hall loads and installation questions with tankless strategy

Tankless water heaters saved California State University Northridge money in energy costs. Beverly Watson can easily laugh about the idea today, now that her recent tankless water heater retrofit project
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VRF points to improved comfort, LEED® standard at NC college

A VRF system installed in Guilford College’s Archdale Hall not only met architectural challenges but also provided high A/C performance.Established by the Quakers in 1837, Guilford College is the
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