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Building Automation

Upgrading Aging Building Automation

Is it time for an update or a full replacement? Here are some factors to think about when evaluating mechanical systems.
September 23, 2013
Often when we are evaluating or assessing an existing building, we are on the lookout for equipment and systems that are in poor condition or approaching the end of life.
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Tomorrow's Environment

Designing A Central Chiller Plant Equipment Room

It turns out that heat stroke, difficult access to equipment, and concussion are all detriments to good maintenance.
September 1, 2013
Here are a few interesting things to keep in mind when designing an equipment room. First, these spaces usually take up 7% of the gross floor space when located within the building or on the roof.
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Editor's Note

A Plan And A Plant

A philosophy plus the usual opportunities made for real savings. What about where you work?
August 29, 2013
Since energy efficiency is a big part of what this industry pursues on behalf of society at large, I always like to see examples of what companies and firms are doing internally to conserve resources. This month, A.O. Smith celebrated progress on that front at its plant in McBee, SC.
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Tomorrow's Environment

Successful HVAC Training At Project Closeout

Designers with “better things to do” and shortsighted owners create obstacles for long-term efficiency.
August 29, 2013
I have a pet peeve with HVAC design engineers who do not put enough thought into a project’s contract document specification for training the client’s operation and maintenance personnel.
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Commissioning

Owner Training For Non-Operators

Building owners must be proactive when it comes to safeguarding and maintaining systems at the completion of a building project.
August 29, 2013
This is the conclusion of my series addressing training for buildings where O&M will be outsourced.
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Building Automation

Four Rules For Air-To-Air Energy Recovery Units

These units can save energy, but only if the technology is installed and operated correctly.
August 29, 2013
The application of energy recovery units allows for the ability to do total heat recovery and recover both sensible and latent heat from an exhaust air stream, using that heat to pre-condition outdoor air required for building ventilation.
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Commissioning

Service Contractor Training

Owner assumptions and no formal transfer of knowledge can put a real dent in design intent.
July 1, 2013
The transfer of knowledge, skills, and documentation to the people responsible for operating new systems is required in order to sustain the benefits of the commissioning process.
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Editor's Note

Reader Challenge: UFAD Followup

Plus, an Arkansas school sorts out its setpoints.
June 1, 2013
We’ve got something cool that is a little out of the ordinary this month, so I’m going to hand over the bulk of the page to ES authors Robert Bolin, P.E., HBDP, LEED Fellow; and Andrew Reilman, P.E., HBDP, LEED AP BD+C. Bolin is a Senior Vice President and National Director of High Performance Solutions for Syska Hennessy Group, based in their Chicago office.
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Building Automation

Data Centers and VAV Design Opportunities

Read about various examples — from a 40,000-sq-ft raised-floor environment to a 5,000-sq-ft facility within a facility — to get a good view of the battlefield and make your next campaign against heat and inefficiency a little smarter.
March 29, 2013
The range of HVAC design options associated with the various types of data centers has expanded and evolved over the past 30 years in order to keep pace with the wide array of server transformations and deployment strategies.
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Editor's Note

Modern Building or HVAC Museum

How much history is in your O&M routine?
March 29, 2013
Each issue of ES sports a theme, but occasionally a theme beneath a theme evolves from the separate articles and columns. I like when that happens.
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ES Gallery: Snapshots & Systems

Check out highlights from projects featured in our magazine this year!
3/25/14 2:00 pm EST

Improving Cooling and PUE in Existing Data Centers

On-Demand This webinar will provide cost-effective practical tips and feasible retrofit solutions that can be implemented in operational data centers to address some cooling issues and improve energy efficiency.

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Check out the July 2014 issue of Engineered Systems, with features on chiller retrofits in health care facilities, building automation, and much more!

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