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Cool Air Commodity UFAD Systems In High-Density Trading Floors

Here, the pressures on the occupants are exceeded only by the weight of the cooling loads. However, underfloor air proves to be a good fit for an unusual setting. Take stock of the requirements, then look for designs that can pay dividends.
In this digital age, open outcry trading floors have all but been replaced with electronic trading platforms
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Impact Of ASHRAE 90.1 On Controls And BAS Design

As states adopt more stringent energy codes, here is what you need to know.
In an effort to improve energy efficiency for commercial buildings, ASHRAE, IES, ANSI, and the DOE have been working diligently to increase the stringency of state energy codes.
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Pharma Warehouses: Two Degrees Of Separation

In pharma warehousing, two degrees can be the difference between life and death. Tailor the HVAC to the specifics of the space with the help of CFD, and pave the way to a smooth “last mile” to the user in this critical distribution chain.
“Mission Critical.” The term conjures up images of data centers populated with rows and rows of black boxes churning away, generating heat, and consuming power at an alarming rate.
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COMMISSIONING

Beware Of Single-Mode Balancing Reports

System success depends on a well-rounded TAB procedure.
Proper air and water balancing is critical to HVAC system performance.
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Size Matters: Trends In Standby Power Systems For Health Care Facilities

These days, designs are favoring higher total system capacities, larger generators at higher output voltages integrated into “campus-type” power distribution systems, and security. Review design approaches, lessons learned, and relevant codes.
Consolidation within the healthcare industry and the rise of regional medical centers has led to larger facilities, often spread over a large area in a campus environment.
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

Third-Party Troubleshooting Review - Part 1

Commitments to the process and to listening are just two qualifications you will need for this job.
Third-party troubleshooting review of problematic HVAC installations can be a profitable business if done correctly.
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Managing Your Hospital Building Can Save Patient Lives

The history of our battle against infections and airborne disease is fascinating. Expand your knowledge and then sharpen your process for evaluating product options to craft better strategies for reducing these health risks.
Hospitalization per se is now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. How did this happen?
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Tablet As Building Engineering Tool, Part 5: The Business Of Engineering

From ideas to expense report, the last installment in this series looks at some needs in the course of standing engineering business, and what the still relatively new world of apps is offering up to meet them.
On my recent travels, I noted the seas of tablets that are now installed at several prominent airports. Several of the terminal areas at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are graced with hundreds of iPads tethered to counters and tables in gates and concessions.
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Chiller Retrofits In Health Care Facilities

One of the worst things you can do is note the capacity and replace the chiller. Have the building loads and usage changed? What about motors and cooling towers? Consider these and your part-load realities to create real long-term improvements.
The replacement of chillers for hospitals and other health care facilities are often done out of absolute necessity, and it is often avoided for as long as possible.
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COMMISSIONING

An Appropriate Level Of Effort

A tricky RFP question gets trickier when the “correct” answer might depend on the particular owner.
The following is a question posed in a recent Request for Proposal (RFP) for commissioning services.
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