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Commissioning Of Mission Critical Installation

By Michael Feyler and Jason Peterson
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Most of us think of data centers when we think “mission critical,” but the category goes into financial and health sectors as well. These five phases of commissioning can provide some additional peace of mind about performance, no matter which type of critical mission is at stake.
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Building Automation: BAS Usability

By Paul Ehrlich, P.E. and Ira Goldschmidt P.E.
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Putting some thought into a graphic strategy can keep your interface from getting ugly.
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Commissioning: Commissioning And Baseball

By guest author Schlueter LEED® AP
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Chalking up a win in either endeavor involves some uniform habits.
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Life sciences lab handles OA load with humidification

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A fog humidification system installed at this Michigan lab is controlled by a BAS.Pall Life Sciences is a leading global provider of filtration, purification, and separation technologies to the diverse
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Florida school cuts outside air cooling costs 70%

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An ERV system saved this Florida school $500 a month in utility costs.The developers of Turtle River Montessori School in Jupiter, FL wanted students to have the best possible IAQ.
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Church retrofit looks upward, finds an answer in fabric duct

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Fabric duct installation at this North Carolina church has reduced mold and saved space.It’s difficult to believe that a routine item such as HVAC ductwork could have as great affect
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Prognosis for chiller strategy: no hotspots, two-year payback

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VFDs and a new chiller reduced this Texas hospital’s carbon footprint. With large central utility plants, over-taxed HVAC systems, and ever-increasing utility costs, many hospitals face the dual problems of
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Energy Demon At The Door

By John Vastyan
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Having lived with an ancient heating system and no cooling for years, a Pennsylvania congregation now sings the praises of the updated hydronics and new mini-splits that brought a mechanical renaissance to the church’s various spaces.
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Tomorrow's Environment: Positive Attitude + Creativity + High Energy = Leader

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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In recent “Tomorrow’s Environment” columns, I’ve talked about the need for engineers to change from being a commodity and a follower to recommitting their technical skills to engineer-driven consulting services. I touched on some of the engineering initiatives that are ideally suited for engineer-led teams. The heart of being a leader of projects begins with three essential attributes: Positive attitude, creativity, and a high energy level, followed by a need to lead.
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University enjoys the fruits of system integration in former tomato field

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Ave Maria University, located in southwest Florida, opened its doors to students on August 27, 2007. As the first new Catholic university built in the United States in more than
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