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Cooling & Chillers

Educating by Example

October 31, 2011
Through a flexible design incorporating radiant heating and cooling, demand ventilation, energy recovery, and VAV, Manhattan’s Cooper Union leads its class in sustainable performance in classrooms, labs, and beyond.
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ASHRAE creates five categories for liquid-cooled datacom environments

A new whitepaper that serves as the first vendor-neutral thermal guideline is available for free download.
September 27, 2011
A new whitepaper that serves as the first vendor-neutral thermal guideline is available for free download.
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Large Scale Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

September 6, 2011
With the help of advances in intelligent controls and a shift in design mindset, these systems can steer buildings toward smaller equipment sizes and associated savings. Review three projects and consider the benefits of keeping an upcoming project in the loop.
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Case in Point

Plastic cooling tower prevents tenant meltdown during heat wave

September 6, 2011
Last September, on what would normally have been a mild autumn day, Southern California was blasted by a record-breaking heat wave with temperatures spiraling upwards to 116°F in the Los Angeles basin. The heat was far above the normal highs, which would typically be in the mid-70s.
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BIM and Educational Projects

August 1, 2011
In this overview of building information modeling, the authors review how BIM helped in three different projects, often with particular usage- and efficiency-based HVAC demands. While BIM’s space management skills can reduce costly changeorders and building design “clashes” ahead of time, in at least one instance, using BIM actually influenced the HVAC strategy for the better, too. See how HGA Architects and Engineers has used this to become a “model” firm.
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Building Oversight Management: Revisited

August 1, 2011
A lot has happened since the author’s 2008 article. It’s prime time to revisit expectations for BAS and chiller optimization controls, and then have a look at several of today’s options for anyone managing chilled water flow to wring the last drop of efficiency out of a system.
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Grocery store goes green with innovative refrigeration system

August 1, 2011
Using a CO2 cooling system reduced this organic grocery store’s refrigerant use by 60% to 65% a year. Arizona-based Sprouts Farmers Market is not only a leader in natural and
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On-Site Combined Cooling & Power For Data Centers

August 1, 2011
Regulatory, competitive, and environmental pressures are pushing data centers away from the traditional power sources. Here, the author surveys the landscape and reviews one comparative study involving CCP cogeneration and conventional electricity sources. Reducing the carbon footprint and lessening reliance on a sometimes unreliable grid are just two reasons to look into CCP.
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Low-Hanging Fruit In The Data Center Orchard

August 1, 2011
Forget high-tech or high-expense fixes for a minute. Have you tried to bump efficiency by looking for the  next aisle over, deploying a Trim and Respond strategy, or trying the soon-to-be-famous Paper On A Stick approach? Some of the biggest names in the data center universe think that you plant the seeds of real savings with some mighty simple steps.
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How to Calculate Backup Power Supply Requirements for Your Facility

On-Demand This webinar reviews how to determine power requirements of facility loads; electrical characteristics and impact of different types of loads such as large motors and UPS systems on power supply sizing; acceptable power sources and other constraints applied by building codes; and how software tools can be used to simplify the process of calculating backup power requirements.  

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