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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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Tomorrow's Environment

Some Odds & Ends to Think About

From trends that are (or aren’t) catching on, to cooking for engineers …
March 29, 2013
Pharmaceutical projects are different? Not according to several readers who responded to this column I wrote last year.
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Commissioning

FASTER + CHEAPER ≠ Better

Can a project manager overcome the desire to suspend belief in physics and common sense?
March 29, 2013
My recent columns have been puzzling through the question of why owners are accepting unfinished construction projects as substantially complete.
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Building Automation

BAS and Cybersecurity

Don’t stop working to stay ahead while the industry catches up.
March 29, 2013

During the President’s recent State of the Union address, one of the key initiatives identified dealt with the issue of cybersecurity. This was supported by a new White House initiative focused on protecting critical infrastructure from attacks. 


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Tomorrow's Environment

Make Your Meetings Work

Why not have the subcontractors run the weekly coordination meetings?
March 18, 2013
When I have sat in on trade contractor field coordination meetings over the years, the prime contract (either a general contractor or construction manager) will have his project manager and/or mechanical and electrical coordinator facilitate these weekly meetings.
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Letters

Why owners are so accepting

The following letters is in response to Rebecca Ellis’ December 2012 “Commissioning” column titled, “When Substantial Com-pletion Is Unsubstantial,” page 19.
March 11, 2013
I would not recommend changing your position of commissioning as a prerequisite for substantial completion.
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