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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

More On Doing The Right Thing

Advice for the jobsite, including don’t play “the blame game.”
To follow up last month’s discussion on doing the right thing when it comes to addressing another person/company’s problem(s), let’s look at a few scenarios, problems, pitfalls, and approaches to correcting an error.
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Case In Point

Data center succeeds in search for ideal temps

Robert Hunt, manager of enterprise systems management at American Greetings, had one goal in mind — drive out costs related to energy use
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Building Automation

Making BAS Accessible — But Protected From Cyberattack

The Target hacking debacle is still under investigation, but there are lessons to be learned on protecting personal information.
Chances are you have heard about the data breach at Target that occurred late last year, in which customers’ information including credit card numbers were obtained through a cyberattack.
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Guest Column

Focus On NFPA 92

Las Vegas is an appropriate venue for reviewing tragedies, successes, and Standards past and present.
Las Vegas is a popular spot for tourists, gamblers, and even fire protection enthusiasts.
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Building Automation

Controls Optimization: No Longer Optional

Updated codes continue the push for better controls work as high performance edges further into the mainstream.
At one time, it might have been acceptable to view controls as a “necessary evil” with little attention given to the details of design including sequences and commissioning
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Case In Point

Energy meters shine light on power consumption

When MEP engineering firm Glumac set up a new office space on the ground floor of an existing high-rise in Irvine, CA, the company had an ambitious goal even before the move-in — to certify the new 8,762-sq-ft space Platinum under LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI).
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Editor's Note

Sensors & Suspicions

A couple of residential-oriented events give us pause for thought in the nonresidential sectors.
Jeff Seewald touched on the progress of home thermostats — and in particular, the Nest products that have done so well the last couple of years — when he sent me his latest installment on using tablets and new tech in engineering (look for it in March).
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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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Building Automation

Controls Retrofits – Preserving Smoke Control

Follow these three steps when it comes time to upgrade critical life safety manage-ment.
Following a tragic fire in a Las Vegas hotel in the 1980’s, the industry recognized the dangers to occupants from smoke inhalation during a fire emergency.
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VFD Serial Communications: Which Points Should I Use And Why?

The available LEED credits and most obvious energy-saving possibilities are one thing. The potential for a ripple effect of system-wide savings by deploying VFDs as part of better overall monitoring are another.
Variable frequency drives (VFDs) have become omnipresent in the building automation world.
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