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My Name Is URL

Shortcuts, boilers, and an MLK Day delay …
Were you ever a little slow putting two and two together? Or maybe chocolate and peanut butter is a better comparison. Peanut butter? Good. Chocolate? Good.
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Tomorrow’s Environment

When To Rebalance Chilled Water And Hot Water Systems

Health care facilities are just one example where rebalancing not only ensures environmental quality but also enhances energy usage.
There are no industry standards for rebalancing HVAC water systems, so it got me thinking about the topic and I came up with several questions pertaining to rebalancing chilled water, condenser water, and hot water heating systems.
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Building Automation

Building To Grid — AKA B2G

When it comes to the Smart Grid, are you prepared? Consider two design strategies to connect buildings to the available benefits.
You’ve heard a lot of talk about the deployment of the Smart Grid. Most of the initial smart grid deployments are focused on the de-ployment of smart meters that enable utilities to gather usage information in near real time — or what they call Automated Meter Infrastructure (AMI).
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Tomorrow's Environment

How Safe Is Your HVAC System?

Whether it’s terrorism or a natural disaster or accident, building managers must be ready for multiple “worst-case scenarios.”
Back in July 2012, this magazine published an article titled “HVAC Security Emergencies — No Terrorists Required” with very little reader response to this most serious issue.
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Editor's Note

Mission: It’s Possible

Biowalls, nanolubricants, and tablet tech await.
The day (or the thing that needs fixing, or the deadline, or the design) right in front of us is often more than sufficient for taking all our attention.
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Commissioning

Teams: Lacrosse And Construction

In the game of commissioning and construction, there is no “I” in team. All the players must work together to score the efficiency goal.
I spent many hours this past summer watching my son play lacrosse and couldn’t help thinking about how the team sport of lacrosse is similar to the team sport of design and construction. I’m sure this is analogous to the other team sports that move an object up and down a rectangular field, court, or rink, but this is how I see its comparison with lacrosse.
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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.
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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