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Energy-Efficient Dehumidification In Health Care Facilities

October 31, 2012
With a wide spectrum of specialized spaces and particular outside air requirements, a hospital’s en-ergy-efficiency efforts start when arranging which areas go where. From there, the author leaves no technology unturned — chilled beams, geothermal, DOAS, VRF, etc. — in evaluating which ap-proaches might best contribute proper ventilation and humidity in which environments, with an eye on minimizing facility energy consumption.
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Health care air conditioner replacement turns into no tall order

October 30, 2012
New York City is certainly renowned for the quantity and variety of tall buildings towering over the Manhattan skyline. Many of these structures are at a point where age has taken its toll on mechanical systems and now require replacement. Even if they are still operational, today’s new A/C systems are more energy efficient, making it cost effective for changeout.
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Cancer center finds peace and quiet with duct liner

October 19, 2012
A lot will happen under the single rooftop of the new Wesley Long Cancer Center in Greensboro, NC. The 33,000-sq-ft addition to the Moses Cone Regional Cancer Center includes a business office, lobby/waiting area, admitting, phlebotomy lab, breast cancer treatment, exam areas, chemotherapy, an auditorium, and education classrooms.
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Geothermal Think Tank Takes On The Extraordinary Job

August 27, 2012
For the massive 235,000-sq-ft Merrimack County Nursing Home in New Hampshire, the geothermal source available nearby may not have been the fountain of youth, but it did prove key to the center’s “uber-green” mechanical system retrofit. See how the companies involved brought together 16 wells, over 300 water-to-air heat pumps, and the rest of the 615-ton system to serve this 290-bed facility.
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Innovative nursing home uses enthalpy wheel to take care of the budget, too

August 1, 2012
Founded in 1928 by Elizabeth Hart Shields Eddy, Eddy Village Green skilled nursing care center began as a 19-bed nursing home in Troy, NY.
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Air Filtration in Health Care Facilities

July 2, 2012
Just what the doctor ordered: specifics on pre-filters, after-filters, AHU tips, and more to meet critical IAQ goals and prevent that ventilation system from operating in a “fog.”
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Consultant Appreciation Day

March 26, 2012
How about some learning, lunch, and leisure at the client’s place?
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The Green Pages

October 31, 2011
Where do health care facilities looking to up their sustainability profile start? Here, we shine a light on expected sites and some lesser-known resources. Archived video from conferences, toolkits for benchmarking, assessing a facility for CHP, general design guides, and even primers for executives looking to get the ball rolling … ideas and tips for good design and operations run a lot deeper than LEED®.
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Better Project Delivery: Health Care Infrastructure Projects

July 1, 2011
Here, our long-time forward-thinking columnist uses a common hospital scenario to walk you through the shift from Design-Bid-Build to an Integrated Project Delivery approach. See how the job can get done with similar personnel on a considerably shorter schedule, resulting in a greater team investment in the project’s success and yet more time to get on to other work.
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Guest Column: Perforated Materials In High-Purity IAQ Applications

July 1, 2011
Nowhere is the quality of indoor IAQ more important than in the operating room (OR) of a hospital.
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