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Design/Construction Process

The Importance Of Doing BAS Right

December 2, 2011
In the big picture, good enough isn’t good enough.
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DOE establishes ASHRAE 90.1-2007 as national reference for federal and commercial buildings

November 7, 2011
U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for August 2011 decreased 8%, to 284,536 units, down from 308,646 units shipped in August 2010. Residential electric storage water heater shipments decreased 5% in August 2011, to 284,574 units, down from 299,048 units shipped in August 2010.
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The Green Pages

October 31, 2011
Where do health care facilities looking to up their sustainability profile start? Here, we shine a light on expected sites and some lesser-known resources. Archived video from conferences, toolkits for benchmarking, assessing a facility for CHP, general design guides, and even primers for executives looking to get the ball rolling … ideas and tips for good design and operations run a lot deeper than LEED®.
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Reinforces value in submetering

Survey: building performance, tenant satisfaction higher in sustainable buildings

New findings unveiled from CBRE multi-year study with University of San Diego and McGraw-Hill construction
October 7, 2011
New findings unveiled from CBRE multi-year study with University of San Diego and McGraw-Hill construction.
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62.1 Too Complicated?

Alternative to ASHRAE Standard 62.1 ventilation rate procedure proposed

Public comment sought on a proposed additional default value for the IAQ standard.
October 3, 2011
Public comment sought on a proposed additional default value for the IAQ standard.
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December BIM event coming to Washington

September 21, 2011
The National BIM Conference is concurrent with Ecobuild America and hosts a wide assortment of sessions.
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Commissioning: TREND Logs- Worth the effort?

September 6, 2011
Using data trend logs to supplement in-field functional performance testing (FPT) has always been an option in the commissioning process, particularly for HVAC systems controlled by DDC systems. As DDC system trending capabilities and computer hardware storage capacities have improved substantially over the past few years, I propose that trend logs be given a more prominent place in the commissioning toolbox.
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Large Scale Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

September 6, 2011
With the help of advances in intelligent controls and a shift in design mindset, these systems can steer buildings toward smaller equipment sizes and associated savings. Review three projects and consider the benefits of keeping an upcoming project in the loop.
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Editor’s Note: Parts is Parts

But this new lab helps them work more like “one big part.”
September 6, 2011
As I read the press release, something about the DOE’s planned user test bed facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab reminded me of the old Wendy’s commercial from the ’80s that most of you are, uh, mature enough to recall.
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BIM and Educational Projects

August 1, 2011
In this overview of building information modeling, the authors review how BIM helped in three different projects, often with particular usage- and efficiency-based HVAC demands. While BIM’s space management skills can reduce costly changeorders and building design “clashes” ahead of time, in at least one instance, using BIM actually influenced the HVAC strategy for the better, too. See how HGA Architects and Engineers has used this to become a “model” firm.
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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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