HVAC Design/Construction Process

TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

Leaving A Legacy

Who does that? Don’t rule yourself out too quickly.
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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If you are one of the fortunate ones to have had the opportunity to work in the building industry throughout your career, you probably don’t think you can or will leave a legacy for others to benefit from being in this business.
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: What Is Too Long?

A lengthy to-do list after FPT can cause more problems than it solves.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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I am a strong proponent of planning ahead for successful functional performance testing.
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Building Program To Basis Of Design For A Corporate Central Plant Expansion Project

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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At some point in time, many major corporations with central chilled water plants will make the decision to increase their chiller plant to accommodate their building campus expansion.
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Countdown To Netzero

The federal push toward break-even building energy is real, and the clock is ticking. The public sector will be flocking toward forward-thinking designs (and designers) like never before — prepare to rule more of the roost, or lay an egg.
By Kevin Dickens, P.E.
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Chickens. I have been thinking a lot about them recently.
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Pharma Warehouses: Two Degrees Of Separation

In pharma warehousing, two degrees can be the difference between life and death. Tailor the HVAC to the specifics of the space with the help of CFD, and pave the way to a smooth “last mile” to the user in this critical distribution chain.
By Mike Kaler
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“Mission Critical.” The term conjures up images of data centers populated with rows and rows of black boxes churning away, generating heat, and consuming power at an alarming rate.
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COMMISSIONING

Beware Of Single-Mode Balancing Reports

System success depends on a well-rounded TAB procedure.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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Proper air and water balancing is critical to HVAC system performance.
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Size Matters: Trends In Standby Power Systems For Health Care Facilities

These days, designs are favoring higher total system capacities, larger generators at higher output voltages integrated into “campus-type” power distribution systems, and security. Review design approaches, lessons learned, and relevant codes.
By Timothy Coyle, P.E.
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Consolidation within the healthcare industry and the rise of regional medical centers has led to larger facilities, often spread over a large area in a campus environment.
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

Third-Party Troubleshooting Review - Part 1

Commitments to the process and to listening are just two qualifications you will need for this job.
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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Third-party troubleshooting review of problematic HVAC installations can be a profitable business if done correctly.
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COMMISSIONING

An Appropriate Level Of Effort

A tricky RFP question gets trickier when the “correct” answer might depend on the particular owner.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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The following is a question posed in a recent Request for Proposal (RFP) for commissioning services.
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BACK 2 BASICS

Building Program To Basis Of Design For A Treatment Clinic Within An Existing Hospital Building Project

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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At some point in time, most healthcare system building committees are given the responsibility to establish a building upgrade program to enhance their healthcare services and to contribute to the local community needing convenient health care treatment.
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