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Chiller Retrofit: The Attraction Of Magnetic Bearings

With multiple expansions and projects, a DC-area hospital also had to plan for cooling that could keep up with developing demands and spaces.
November 1, 2013

When the facilities management staff of Mount Vernon Hospital completed an assessment of its central chilled water plant, it became evident that while the original chillers had served the hospital well since its opening in 1975, they were ready for replacement.


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Building Automation

Building To Grid — AKA B2G

When it comes to the Smart Grid, are you prepared? Consider two design strategies to connect buildings to the available benefits.
November 1, 2013
You’ve heard a lot of talk about the deployment of the Smart Grid. Most of the initial smart grid deployments are focused on the de-ployment of smart meters that enable utilities to gather usage information in near real time — or what they call Automated Meter Infrastructure (AMI).
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Calculated With Care: Ventilation in Health Care Systems

A Mississippi clinic needed above-average design on a budget. The equipment was nothing unusual. However, creativity and attention to detail uncovered opportunities to fine-tune the design and exceed ventilation benchmarks for less.
November 1, 2013
Engineers’ daily challenges include calculations for outside air, supply air, and return or exhaust air flows — all while balancing mandated code requirements with owners’ expectations for performance, equipment first-cost, and future energy costs.
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The Tablet's Potential For Engineering Buildings

The first installment in this series introduces the collaborative tablet engineering experiment, and it establishes a roadmap for exploration of the tablet’s potential contribution to enhancing and streamlining our collective engineering endeavors.
October 10, 2013
When I was a kid, programming on my Texas Instruments TI-16 and later on a Commodore 64, I was making simple games to play.
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Illuminating Info: UV-C For HVAC

Looking for lifecycle guidance or more extensive info for your stationary appli-cations? An industry IAQ veteran weighs in about the design, installation, commissioning, retrofit, and O&M of ultraviolet systems for commercial HVAC equipment.
September 23, 2013
Feedback from potential users of UV in HVAC equipment suggests that many are confused about its use
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Tomorrow's Environment

How Safe Is Your HVAC System?

Whether it’s terrorism or a natural disaster or accident, building managers must be ready for multiple “worst-case scenarios.”
September 23, 2013
Back in July 2012, this magazine published an article titled “HVAC Security Emergencies — No Terrorists Required” with very little reader response to this most serious issue.
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Editor's Note

Mission: It’s Possible

Biowalls, nanolubricants, and tablet tech await.
September 23, 2013
The day (or the thing that needs fixing, or the deadline, or the design) right in front of us is often more than sufficient for taking all our attention.
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Life Safety Upgrades In Historic Buildings

September 23, 2013
Retrofitting more than a half-million square feet of heavily used space for better life safety coverage is never simple. Peculiarities of building design and existing materials only made the task tougher for this project team as they sought to integrate NFPA and GSA requirements into a successful and safe solution.
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The X-Factor: Y Should U Care?

Unprecedented vendor-neutral data has been brought down from the mountain on a digital tablet.
September 1, 2013
Unprecedented vendor-neutral data has been brought down from the mountain on a digital tablet. That’s helpful for data center designers, but applying a little thought and site-specific consideration can reveal the path to wisdom in areas like failure rate, noise, power draw versus temperatures, and more.
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More Than Just Fun And Games

This project team left nothing to chance when it came to designing a five-story mixed-space facility for a Chicago gaming company.
August 29, 2013
This project team left nothing to chance when it came to designing a five-story mixed-space facility for a Chicago gaming company. They also dealt a full hand of space-specific tactics: upgraded DX units, a dedicated variable-speed kitchen exhaust system, underfloor air, and better motors and drives improved the odds for efficiency. Pull the handle on this project story to get to the payoff.
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