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Sustainable Schools: Teaching By Example

See how Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools weathered an economic downturn through efficiency, managing to use less energy while adding facilities.
Providing high-quality education for our nation’s children in grades K-12 has never been more important than it is today. The world is changing fast, and we need to provide an educational system that prepares them for this fast paced world in which we live.
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To Beam or not To Beam?

While active beams are making great strides toward becoming a standard part of the designer’s toolbox, knowing when to deploy them is a critical judgment. The author focuses his considerable experience with them into a good look at related thermal comfort considerations. Operation and controls, two- and four-pipe systems, and condensation control strategies round out a worthwhile look at how active beams can work for you.


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Health care provider uses upgrades to deliver top-notch care

High-performance solutions result in savings, LEED® certifications, and better health care Spectrum Health is the largest not-for-profit health care system in West Michigan with nine hospitals, more than 180 service sites, and 1,983 licensed beds system-wide. 


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Radiant Success: Designing For Energy-Efficient Comfort In California

Managing solar loads and incorporating radiant ceilings were just part of the plan for this five-level mixed-use building. Chilled beams and chiller plant decisions joined ventilation strategy to serve both occupants and LEED ambitions.
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Retrofitting Primary Chilled Water Pumps With VFDs

Take a large hospital, subtract unexamined rules of thumb, add meaningful incremental improvements like VFD’s and a controls upgrade, and what do you get? Smarter engineering via improved performance for both the pumps and the chillers. But it all starts with one little question.
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Compressor upgrade makes budget more hospitable for Ocean City hotel

Today, commercial property owners and facility managers are constantly looking for ways to reduce their utility bills. An often over-looked opportunity arises when it is time to replace old, inefficient compressors in HVAC systems.
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Less Capacity Is The Coolest

Sometimes, what seems like a need for more cooling capacity could be the need to take a hard look and fine-tune the existing chiller plant. With a hospital expansion coming up, the team on this UMass Memorial Health Care project avoided adding up to 120 tons of capacity with tactics that included attacking inefficiencies in piping, valves, cooling towers, and controls.
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Health care air conditioner replacement turns into no tall order

New York City is certainly renowned for the quantity and variety of tall buildings towering over the Manhattan skyline. Many of these structures are at a point where age has taken its toll on mechanical systems and now require replacement. Even if they are still operational, today’s new A/C systems are more energy efficient, making it cost effective for changeout.
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Iconic cool: TES and chiller retrofit eases system strain from the other side of Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is one of the most recognized commercial properties in the world. Defining midtown Manhattan, Rockefeller Center encompasses the six square blocks between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas from 48th to 51st Streets. The landmark property consists of approximately 8 million rentable sq ft in ten buildings with unique, internationally recognized architectural features.
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Geothermal Heating And Cooling Options

After reviewing basic design options, the next steps for potential geothermal designers are to challenge the common concerns and myths, study how different choices have different cost impacts, and be aware of the ways a good design can yield bad performance if the installation isn’t done well. Add the habit of turning a retrofit’s circumstances to your advantage, and this underground approach can rise above client expectations in short order.


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