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Energy audit, personal guarantee sell management on booster system retrofit

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Veteran New York plumbing contractor Evan Samouhos was so confident in the potential energy savings offered by a new domestic water booster pump system that he fronted the purchase himself.
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Boilers help North Carolina brewer boost capacity

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The largest craft brewer in North Carolina, Highland Brewing Company has grown considerably since it began operation in Asheville as a basement start-up using retrofitted dairy equipment in 1994.
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Gateway City Apartment Builiding Goes Single-Pipe

By Dan Vastyan
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This large complex is welcoming a host of new arrivals, from new boilers and chillers to an overhaul of its hydronic strategy. Avoiding a whole lot of drilling was one benefit of their new design choice. Balancing first cost, maintenance costs, and the system itself were additional positives for keeping all 225 units comfortable and affordable.
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Commissioning Fire Alarm Systems

By Timothy Thatcher, P.E.
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This month, our life safety coverage arrives from the commissioning side. From design phase to tips on navigating a seemingly untenable number of observations, and on to post-testing tasks, here’s one consultant’s solid reference to keep you and your client from getting unnecessarily alarmed.
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Motors For Use With VFDs

By Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CSI-CCS, CCPR
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The questions can pile up quickly when it’s time to specify a motor to pair with a variable drive. The information available sometimes leaves one wondering just as much about the information that is unavailable. Will a decision hold up not only in the actual application but also possibly in court? Wade into compatibility, spec terms, partial loads, and more as we try to get this motor running.
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Energy & Environmental Management Is A Team Effort

Organize the players and communicate the successes.
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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This past March, I asked the question, “Do you have a corporate sustainability plan?” and recently I was discussing this topic with a director of a physical plant for a major college on the East Coast. He commented, “Energy conservation and environmental management should be a team effort.”
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Plastic cooling tower prevents tenant meltdown during heat wave

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Last September, on what would normally have been a mild autumn day, Southern California was blasted by a record-breaking heat wave with temperatures spiraling upwards to 116°F in the Los Angeles basin. The heat was far above the normal highs, which would typically be in the mid-70s.
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Financial exchange trades up to modular fan system

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Located in this city’s famous Loop commercial center, the 600-foot-tall Chicago Board of Trade Building (CBOT) houses the world’s oldest futures and options exchange. Until recently, the building also housed a pair of aging built-up systems that were beginning to worry management.
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Modular boilers give bottling operation a taste of higher efficiency, lower emissions

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Innovation has thrived in Philadelphia since Ben Franklin invented bifocals, the lightning rod, and the wood stove that bears his name more than two centuries ago. This tradition of innovation
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Grocery store goes green with innovative refrigeration system

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Using a CO2 cooling system reduced this organic grocery store’s refrigerant use by 60% to 65% a year. Arizona-based Sprouts Farmers Market is not only a leader in natural and
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