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FASTER + CHEAPER ≠ Better

Can a project manager overcome the desire to suspend belief in physics and common sense?
March 29, 2013
My recent columns have been puzzling through the question of why owners are accepting unfinished construction projects as substantially complete.
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Substantial Completion & Knowledgeable Owners

January 29, 2013

The readers weigh in. In my December 2012 column, I solicited reader feedback regarding substantial completion and the trend of owners accepting buildings as substantially complete when the mechanical and electrical systems are not complete, fully integrated, and functioning properly. 


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Editor’s Note

Net-Zero News From The Windy City

January 2, 2013

Chicago takes the year off from AHR but is staying busy with unusual projects.


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Why Are Owners Taking This?

January 2, 2013

There are some good explanations for a bad trend.


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Commissioning

When “Substantial Completion” Is Insubstantial

November 26, 2012
A concept created for special circumstances has become a sad S.O.P.
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How The Culture Of Inefficiency Is Outfoxing LEED®, ASHRAE, And Efficiency Programs

November 9, 2012
How many energy-efficient or certified buildings are not living up to the label? Very, very many, if this Ohio commissioning/auditing firm’s experience is close to typical. They report on common weaknesses in efficiency strategies and on real-life patterns of upgrades gone wrong across an array of equipment types. While flaws in well-intentioned processes remain, a more careful investment of human energy can still yield the desired reduction in building energy.
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Commissioning

Data Integration During Construction

October 31, 2012
The commissioning agent can steer this to avoid data paralysis later.
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Building Automation

Controls Specification Development

October 19, 2012
The right amount of detail is a moving target.
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Sustainable Combined On-Site Trigeneration And TES Systems

July 31, 2012
The author's firm recently explored three options for use in buildings that are “user-friendly” when dealing with the highly variable load demands of multi-tenant occupancies, often requiring simultaneous space heating and cooling requirements. Read on to see what they found out about performance and life-cycle cost for their client.
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Designing the Learning Space of the Future: An Engineer’s Perspective

June 8, 2012
The students have changed, and the way spaces get used is changing as well. How do we need think about educational environments to foster better thinking inside them?
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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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Following up on Howard McKew's April "Tomorrow's Environment" column: Have you ever thought twice about reporting problems with another firm's design? What did you do?
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