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Building Program To Basis Of Design For A New K-Middle School Building Project

May 1, 2014
At some point in time, most school building committees are given the responsibility to establish building programs to expand their city or town school systems by adding new school buildings
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Commissioning

Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

Complex HVAC systems only stand a chance when endusers have the interest and ability for a long-term commitment.
May 1, 2014
HVAC systems can do amazing things these days — things that were unthinkable even 20 years ago.
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EDITOR’S NOTE

Big-Picture BAS For Critical Facilities

Not that all facilities aren’t special in their own ways, but … well, you know.
May 1, 2014
Right here at the top, I want to tell you that this issue is sporting one of the better collections of columns that I can recall in ES
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Spring Tune-Up For Your BAS?

Chances are good your control system is not working to its potential. Here are some ways to fix that.
May 1, 2014
Each month in this column, we talk about the benefits of control systems and BAS.
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

More On Doing The Right Thing

Advice for the jobsite, including don’t play “the blame game.”
May 1, 2014
To follow up last month’s discussion on doing the right thing when it comes to addressing another person/company’s problem(s), let’s look at a few scenarios, problems, pitfalls, and approaches to correcting an error.
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Building Automation

Making BAS Accessible — But Protected From Cyberattack

The Target hacking debacle is still under investigation, but there are lessons to be learned on protecting personal information.
April 1, 2014
Chances are you have heard about the data breach at Target that occurred late last year, in which customers’ information including credit card numbers were obtained through a cyberattack.
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Tomorrow's Environment

Prepare And Complete An HVAC Project Closeout Punch List

It’s nobody’s favorite part, but the road to performance goes through this paperwork.
March 1, 2014
This is the fourth and final column on preparation and completing specific consulting engineering tasks that are traditionally covered in the design engineering firm’s consulting fee.
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Building Automation

Controls Optimization: No Longer Optional

Updated codes continue the push for better controls work as high performance edges further into the mainstream.
March 1, 2014
At one time, it might have been acceptable to view controls as a “necessary evil” with little attention given to the details of design including sequences and commissioning
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Editor's Note

The Good, The Bad & The Frozen

Emerson takes the gold, CABA gives away the info, and ES goes live in NYC.
March 1, 2014
If you didn’t get to the Expo or winter ASHRAE meeting in New York this year (and if, ahem, you don’t check the daily news on our website), you might be wondering, “Who won the 2014 AHR Expo Product Of The Year?”
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Commissioning

Unsampled Systems

Choosing not to sample every system can be a gamble, but here are some ways to lower your risk.
March 1, 2014
Over the past two months, this column has addressed the issue of sampling systems for field functional performance testing
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ES Gallery: Snapshots & Systems

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