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More On Doing The Right Thing

Advice for the jobsite, including don’t play “the blame game.”
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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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.
By Paul Ehrlich, P.E.
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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.
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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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.
By Paul Ehrlich, P.E.
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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.
By Robert Beverly
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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.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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Over the past two months, this column has addressed the issue of sampling systems for field functional performance testing
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Tomorrow’s Environment

Preparing For And Assisting In System Startup

When it’s time to flip the switch, design engineers must be present to ensure proper system design.
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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Many consulting engineers will tell you that time invested in the construction phase is beyond their scope of work and, of course, the fee has been all used up and “we can’t afford to waste our time” with equipment and associated system startup.
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Editor's Note

Sensors & Suspicions

A couple of residential-oriented events give us pause for thought in the nonresidential sectors.
By Robert Beverly
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Jeff Seewald touched on the progress of home thermostats — and in particular, the Nest products that have done so well the last couple of years — when he sent me his latest installment on using tablets and new tech in engineering (look for it in March).
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Building Automation

Chiller Plant Control

While chilled water plants can range in complexity, the fundamentals are the same.
By Paul Ehrlich, P.E.
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Chilled water plants tend to be one of the most energy intensive areas of a commercial building.
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Commissioning

Functional Performance Test Sampling

So you’ve decided on your sample size. What next? What happens when a system failure is found?
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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Last month, this column addressed the need for (and philosophy behind) sample testing certain systems when 100% functional performance testing (FPT) is impractical from a time and/or budget perspective.
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