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Cooling & Chillers

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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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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Case In Point

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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Radiant Conditioning Of The Indoor Environment

Two engineers mine their collective experience for tips on designing, modeling, and operating hydronic radiant heating and cooling systems. From conceptual basics to control nuances, on to goals like maximizing deadband operation or deploying a hybrid system, the article circulates plenty of practical information for an array of radiant opportunities.
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