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When “Substantial Completion” Is Insubstantial

A concept created for special circumstances has become a sad S.O.P.
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Energy & Environmental Management Is A Team Effort

Organize the players and communicate the successes.
This past March, I asked the question, “Do you have a corporate sustainability plan?” and recently I was discussing this topic with a director of a physical plant for a major college on the East Coast. He commented, “Energy conservation and environmental management should be a team effort.”
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Commissioning: TREND Logs- Worth the effort?

Using data trend logs to supplement in-field functional performance testing (FPT) has always been an option in the commissioning process, particularly for HVAC systems controlled by DDC systems. As DDC system trending capabilities and computer hardware storage capacities have improved substantially over the past few years, I propose that trend logs be given a more prominent place in the commissioning toolbox.
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Building Automation - Part 2: VFDS AND BAS

Application, integration, and what your drive can tell you.
Last month, we started this series on the use of VFDs as part of a control system. We talked about the many benefits and some recommended cautions in applying the use of this technology.
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Editor’s Note: Parts is Parts

But this new lab helps them work more like “one big part.”
As I read the press release, something about the DOE’s planned user test bed facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab reminded me of the old Wendy’s commercial from the ’80s that most of you are, uh, mature enough to recall.
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Tomorrow's Environment: We Get Startup Sheets For Terminal Equipment Why Not Commissioning Sheets?

Here’s a manufacturer’s competitive advantage waiting to happen.
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Editor's Note: August Additions

New digital- and analog-world projects spice up the summer, and an axeman keeps our advisory board sharp.
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Commissioning: Equipment Startup And Commissioning

The once fairly calm phase could now be a key to nipping integration issues in the bud.
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Building Automation: Part 1: Proper Selection Of VFDS And BAS

Let drives steer you toward better performance, with these caveats.
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Editor's Note: Sharp Ideas

Getting an acceptable ROI from this event is like finding a needle in a needlestack.
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