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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.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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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.
By Paul Ehrlich, P.E.
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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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Service Contractor Training

Owner assumptions and no formal transfer of knowledge can put a real dent in design intent.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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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.
By Robert Beverly
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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.
By Edward P. Geraghty, P.E.
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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?
By Robert Beverly
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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 …
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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?
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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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.
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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?
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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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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