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Tomorrow's Environment

Doing The Right Thing

Pointing out design flaws isn’t easy, but engineers must apply their best assessments for the building owner.
April 1, 2014
The other day, a colleague of mine mentioned to me that she was taking on a project where others in her company were not happy.
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Commissioning

Remote System Readiness Verification

As technology advances, the pre-functional checklist is becoming a thing of the past.
April 1, 2014
When I started building systems commissioning 25 years ago, it did not take long to figure out that more was needed to confirm that the commissioned systems were complete and ready for testing than just the general contractor’s word for it.
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Tomorrow's Environment

Prepare And Complete An HVAC Project Closeout Punch List

It’s nobody’s favorite part, but the road to performance goes through this paperwork.
March 1, 2014
This is the fourth and final column on preparation and completing specific consulting engineering tasks that are traditionally covered in the design engineering firm’s consulting fee.
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Tablet As Building Engineering Tool, Part 4: Operations & Maintenance

Analytics to workorder management, energy audits to light meters — the spectrum of apps for facility engineering tasks continues to get wider and more versatile.
March 1, 2014
“Collaboration is unavoidable.”
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Motor Selection HVAC Design

Who actually specified that motor? Did they keep the entire system in mind or were they simply specifying one component at a time? And will that spec require over-speeding the motor?
March 1, 2014
Often, an HVAC system is designed by the selection of individual components and not by a whole-system approach
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Commissioning

Unsampled Systems

Choosing not to sample every system can be a gamble, but here are some ways to lower your risk.
March 1, 2014
Over the past two months, this column has addressed the issue of sampling systems for field functional performance testing
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Tomorrow’s Environment

Preparing For And Assisting In System Startup

When it’s time to flip the switch, design engineers must be present to ensure proper system design.
February 1, 2014
Many consulting engineers will tell you that time invested in the construction phase is beyond their scope of work and, of course, the fee has been all used up and “we can’t afford to waste our time” with equipment and associated system startup.
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Commissioning

Functional Performance Test Sampling

So you’ve decided on your sample size. What next? What happens when a system failure is found?
February 1, 2014
Last month, this column addressed the need for (and philosophy behind) sample testing certain systems when 100% functional performance testing (FPT) is impractical from a time and/or budget perspective.
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Back 2 Basics

Building Program to Basis of Design for an Assisted Living Building Renovation Project

January 2, 2014
At some point in time, most building owners make the business decision to build, renovate, or expand their facilities.
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Commissioning

Functional Performance Test Sampling

Testing it all typically isn’t an option. How to determine what (and how many) to check?
January 2, 2014
In the standard commissioning process, there are two primary technical activities that occur on site at the end of construction and prior to systems acceptance by the owner.
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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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Design Flaws

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