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Net Zero Near The River

A 70-structure campus at the top of the Mississippi has been in need of a serious retrofit. We join this major project in progress, studying not only the design selections but the tradeoffs and sacrifices along the way.
The University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is one of the regions premier inland biological field stations.
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The (Cost) of DOAS/Radiant

If a design team is lucky, it faces a system choice between “good” and “very good.” However, it’s not always simple to tell which is which.
Engineers are rethinking the standard engineering design paradigm, using lifecycle cost analysis (LCCA) to compare system alternatives that fulfill the same functional requirements but differ in terms of initial and operating costs.
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Engineers turn outdated warehouse into LEED Gold college facility

When Randolph Community College in Asheboro, NC, went looking for a new educational facility, they looked in the most unlikely of places
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Mixed-flow impeller brings real-world results to lab retrofit

The old saying goes, “Killing two birds with one stone.” But what if you could kill six with one stone? That’s what Abdul Momen, associate director of maintenance and operation for the facilities department at Georgia State University, aimed to accomplish at the school’s 216,000-sq-ft Natural Science Building.
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A Study In Chilled Water System Retrofits

With fluctuating energy prices, Loma Linda University searched for a cooling solution that would benefit the sprawling campus. Three different thermal energy storage systems were analyzed to find the best fit.
Founded in 1905, Loma Linda University (LLU) in Loma Linda, CA, is a growing educational health-science institute and medical center.
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Dominican University cuts summer heating, achieves rebate incentive

Universities can spend substantial amounts of money heating and cooling large campus buildings. For Dominican University of River Forest, IL, that wasn’t acceptable, especially during the summer months.
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University streamlines operations with fire alarm upgrades

Alfred University in Alfred, NY, has once again teamed up with FSC Systems LLC to upgrade fire and life safety systems on campus. The upgrades are not just making buildings on campus safer, but they are cutting down on associated costs and labor.
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Radiant Success: Designing For Energy-Efficient Comfort In California

Managing solar loads and incorporating radiant ceilings were just part of the plan for this five-level mixed-use building. Chilled beams and chiller plant decisions joined ventilation strategy to serve both occupants and LEED ambitions.
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Designing the Learning Space of the Future — An Engineer's Perspective

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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