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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.
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?
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 …
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?
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.

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?
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.
I would not recommend changing your position of commissioning as a prerequisite for substantial completion.
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Editor's Note

One For The Winners

Let’s take a moment to recognize a new crop and an outgoing MVP.
A new twist to Expo week in Dallas last January was the first ControlTrends Awards (CTA).
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Commissioning

What Is Substantial Completion?

Sort it out before you’re told that you’re there.
This month I will continue addressing what can be done to reverse the trend of building owners prematurely accepting projects as substantially complete.
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Building Automation

The Importance Of Measurement And Feedback

We won’t open greater system potential until the feedback loop is closed.
Bill Gates, the founder and former CEO of Microsoft, has dedicated his time and efforts toward running the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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