Colleges/Universities HVAC

From Good To Great: Optimizing Your Chiller Plant

June 4, 2012
Texas Women’s University found that continuous energy monitoring and verification paid off well, yielding savings above and beyond an existing performance contract. The authors explain how measuring and managing can defeat the usual suspects that drag down plant performance. Is yours hiding some untapped greatness?
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Earning A+ is no sweat for VSH compressors at William & Mary

May 31, 2012
Although it’s the second-oldest college in America, the College of William & Mary boasts the oldest college building in the United States, the Sir Christopher Wren Building, which was built in 1695 before the founding of nearby Williamsburg, VA. Now fast-forward to the 1960s, when the college expanded to accommodate Baby Boom students.
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Library earns LEED, foils complaints with UFAD

February 29, 2012
Patrick Baldwin-McCurdy fields daily indoor air temperature requests from employees and students, but Seattle University’s (SU) lead buildings control technician rarely hears HVAC complaints from the college’s new library addition featuring under floor air distribution (UFAD).
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Energy recovery system earns top marks at Rhode Island school

February 29, 2012
Designing a new high school to be 40% more efficient than ASHRAE 90.1 – 2001 energy requirements is a feat in itself. To achieve this degree of efficiency on a very limited capital budget while designing a state-of-the-art, energy-demanding technical high school is an even greater feat.
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Chilled beams maintain comfort, look of historic hall

February 2, 2012
Energy efficiency and historic preservation are rarely synonymous. More often than not, one must be compromised for the sake of the other. Fortunately, the University of Arkansas found a way around such compromises when it came to the restoration and mechanical renovation of the school’s beloved Peabody Hall.
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Iowa State Laboratory Humidification Yields Results

February 1, 2012
Effective building envelope and air handling designs took comfort most of the way from theory to reality in ISU’s Hach Hall. An existing in-house deionized water supply and a new fogging system finished the task and saved an estimated 22% in humidification costs.
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Tomorrow’s Environment

Energy & Environmental Management Is A Team Effort

Organize the players and communicate the successes.
November 7, 2011
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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Campus unclogs coils, frees up funds

September 6, 2011
“Too warm.” “Too stuffy.” “Not enough airflow.” These were just a few of the countless complaints that facilities managers of the Basic Medical Science Building at the University of New Mexico were receiving on a regular basis.
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Large Scale Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

September 6, 2011
With the help of advances in intelligent controls and a shift in design mindset, these systems can steer buildings toward smaller equipment sizes and associated savings. Review three projects and consider the benefits of keeping an upcoming project in the loop.
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BIM and Educational Projects

August 1, 2011
In this overview of building information modeling, the authors review how BIM helped in three different projects, often with particular usage- and efficiency-based HVAC demands. While BIM’s space management skills can reduce costly changeorders and building design “clashes” ahead of time, in at least one instance, using BIM actually influenced the HVAC strategy for the better, too. See how HGA Architects and Engineers has used this to become a “model” firm.
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