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Cooling & Chillers

Problems Found In The Field: How Retrocommissioning Can Solve Them

The symptoms are familiar: hot and cold complaints, higher-than-expected costs, etc. Here’s a look at how the retrocommissioning process should work to tackle these and other developments for your facility.
In the last few years, major cities throughout the country have passed new energy code requirements mandating that commercial buildings perform regular retrocommissioning audits.
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Building Automation

Chiller Plant Control

While chilled water plants can range in complexity, the fundamentals are the same.
Chilled water plants tend to be one of the most energy intensive areas of a commercial building.
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Case In Point

Florida prison escapes higher costs with desuperheaters

Florida, like most southern states, has an abundance of sunshine throughout the year.
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Malfunction At The Museum

An air handling unit that hasn’t worked since, well, ever. Chillers that have to work more often as a result — and an extra chiller just to attack the affected zone. These were the obvious symptoms, but what was the cause?
One of my favorite stories is about when I fixed a poorly performing air handling system at a local art museum.
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Case In Point

Plastic cooling towers cure hospital’s maintenance, energy cost symptoms

It’s no secret that hospitals contain some of the most diverse and demanding environments that require dependable performance of the HVAC system.
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Case In Point

Training center’s VRF installation turns heads with linesets, mounting

Quietside recently expanded its Forth Worth-based training center, and the distributor hopes that individuals attending classes will learn as much about installation aesthetics as they will about Samsung’s variable refrigerant flow systems.
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Can’t-Fail Facilities

From microsite to going live on-site at AHR, we’re putting the spotlight on critical environments.
Critical facilities … it’s not just about data centers, much like this magazine has evolved to be much more than our traditional dead-tree issue.
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Chiller Retrofit: The Attraction Of Magnetic Bearings

With multiple expansions and projects, a DC-area hospital also had to plan for cooling that could keep up with developing demands and spaces.

When the facilities management staff of Mount Vernon Hospital completed an assessment of its central chilled water plant, it became evident that while the original chillers had served the hospital well since its opening in 1975, they were ready for replacement.


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The X-Factor: Y Should U Care?

Unprecedented vendor-neutral data has been brought down from the mountain on a digital tablet.
Unprecedented vendor-neutral data has been brought down from the mountain on a digital tablet. That’s helpful for data center designers, but applying a little thought and site-specific consideration can reveal the path to wisdom in areas like failure rate, noise, power draw versus temperatures, and more.
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Tomorrow's Environment

Designing A Central Chiller Plant Equipment Room

It turns out that heat stroke, difficult access to equipment, and concussion are all detriments to good maintenance.
Here are a few interesting things to keep in mind when designing an equipment room. First, these spaces usually take up 7% of the gross floor space when located within the building or on the roof.
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