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Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Complex HVAC systems only stand a chance when endusers have the interest and ability for a long-term commitment.
HVAC systems can do amazing things these days — things that were unthinkable even 20 years ago.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Spring Tune-Up For Your BAS?

Chances are good your control system is not working to its potential. Here are some ways to fix that.
Each month in this column, we talk about the benefits of control systems and BAS.
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HRVs and ERVs For Classroom Ventilation Applications

Recovering sensible or total heat, wheels or cubes, optional add-ons like fans and filters and assorted sensors ... it takes some homework to specify the right energy-saving recovery ventilator for your school application.
It doesn’t get much more sensitive in HVAC design than designing ventilation systems for the schools that our youth occupy during their learning years.
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

More On Doing The Right Thing

Advice for the jobsite, including don’t play “the blame game.”
To follow up last month’s discussion on doing the right thing when it comes to addressing another person/company’s problem(s), let’s look at a few scenarios, problems, pitfalls, and approaches to correcting an error.
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A Solid-State Of Mind: Prepping For The Next Wave

What aspects of bleeding-edge data center thought can I incorporate for leading-edge designs? What is the future of the compressor in these environments? Or the future of a designer who doesn’t ask questions like these?
Why are you an engineer? Did you love math and science as a kid and simply follow your bliss? Or were you pushed into it by your guidance counselor even though your heart was somewhere else?
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Back 2 Basics

Building Programs To Basis Of Design For A Mission Critical Tenant Fit-out Project

At some point in time, most mission critical companies will make the decision to expand their data center space by either outsourcing the mission critical expansion add-on or new space, or lease a tenant space that has already been designed to accept a mission critical data center.
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Tomorrow's Environment

Doing The Right Thing

Pointing out design flaws isn’t easy, but engineers must apply their best assessments for the building owner.
The other day, a colleague of mine mentioned to me that she was taking on a project where others in her company were not happy.
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Lab Results: Big (And Sometimes Fewer) Changes

When you have to individually go verify whether 128 air curtains meant to ensure air balance in the original design’s branch ductwork are still there or not, you’re not having an easy time of it.
One of the worst-performing buildings I’ve had the pleasure to study was a 375,000-sq-ft laboratory building at a Midwest university.
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Calculating Backup Power Supply Requirements

Different types of load, from uninterruptible power supplies to VFDs and beyond, make for different approaches to your specific backup power situation.
Read up to protect your facility’s equipment and its ability to perform in a pinch.
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Commissioning

Remote System Readiness Verification

As technology advances, the pre-functional checklist is becoming a thing of the past.
When I started building systems commissioning 25 years ago, it did not take long to figure out that more was needed to confirm that the commissioned systems were complete and ready for testing than just the general contractor’s word for it.
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