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Commercial vs. Industrial Automation In Data Centers

October 19, 2012
Since data centers are atypical in several aspects, unique BMS approaches are required to optimize their control, monitoring, and operation. Learn why it is important to know the detailed pros and cons between commercial and industrial automation system hardware, software, and instrumentation as you consider the facility’s automation design and associated costs.
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Right Steps For Retrofits

October 19, 2012
Achieving deep energy savings is especially challenging when you’re faced with an existing structure with poor orientation, historic preservation requirements, and little space for renewables. The Byron Rogers Federal Office Building’s retrofit is scheduled to be completed in 2013; the post-renovation building is projected to consume less than half the energy it did before.
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A New Generation Of Smoke Detectors

October 1, 2012
Here, we depart from our occasional focus on controlling smoke, yielding the floor to a life safety veteran weighing in about a new development for detecting it. Some historical context around detector types and testing methods paves the way for an explanation of why the new approach may become a welcome option for many applications … if it catches on.
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Geothermal Heating And Cooling Options

August 27, 2012

After reviewing basic design options, the next steps for potential geothermal designers are to challenge the common concerns and myths, study how different choices have different cost impacts, and be aware of the ways a good design can yield bad performance if the installation isn’t done well. Add the habit of turning a retrofit’s circumstances to your advantage, and this underground approach can rise above client expectations in short order.


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Up The Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Hood Type I Stack: No Problems Or Complaints

August 27, 2012
Leakage caused by modern cleaning techniques, evolving codes, increased airflow requirements ... kitchen ventilation design has become more complicated than the old sizing and design challenges. Of course, they’re still around, too. Grease is the word, so review these tips to keep it from popping up in the wrong places.
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Motors & Drives Rebate Update

August 27, 2012
How often do you get paid to save money through improved system performance? Utilities have their own reasons for seeing you lower your bills, so don’t get started on that next retrofit until you’re sure your organization isn’t leaving money on the table.
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Improving Data Centers With Aisle Containment

August 1, 2012
In which the author lays out the path from earlier data center design to a more recently discovered airflow challenge. Read on for his insights on how to keep positive differential pressure from being a negative for your facility’s energy budget.
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Adiabatic Cooling Of Data Centers

August 1, 2012
Data center HVAC has come a long way since ’80s-era strategies and even since turn-of-the-century room parameters. Consider that evolution, and how options like economizers and evaporative cooling may be more appealing in light of wider environmental envelopes.
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Designing the Learning Space of the Future — An Engineer's Perspective

August 1, 2012
The students have changed, and the way spaces get used is changing as well. How do we need think about educational environments to foster better thinking inside them?
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Sustainable Combined On-Site Trigeneration And TES Systems

July 31, 2012
The author's firm recently explored three options for use in buildings that are “user-friendly” when dealing with the highly variable load demands of multi-tenant occupancies, often requiring simultaneous space heating and cooling requirements. Read on to see what they found out about performance and life-cycle cost for their client.
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