HVAC Design/Construction Process

How The Culture Of Inefficiency Is Outfoxing LEED®, ASHRAE, And Efficiency Programs

By Peter Kleinhenz, MS, P.E., Greg Raffio, MS, P.E., Charlie Schreier, MS, P.E., John Seryak, and Franc Sever, MS
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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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Data Integration During Construction

By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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The commissioning agent can steer this to avoid data paralysis later.
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Building Automation

Controls Specification Development

By Paul Ehrlich, P.E. and Ira Goldschmidt P.E.
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The right amount of detail is a moving target.
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Sustainable Combined On-Site Trigeneration And TES Systems

By Milton Meckler P.E., CPC
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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

By Justin Davis P.E., LEED AP BD+C
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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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Standard 189.1 deemed compliance option for IGCC; ICC announces new green code

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The building industry now has greater flexibility in the design of high-performance buildings through a change impacting application of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) included in the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).


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ASHRAE funds 22 undergraduate projects, announces HVAC “shack”

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Design and construction of a “shack” to demonstrate renewable and HVAC technologies, including solar thermal heating, photovoltaic power generation, high efficiency and green insulation options and wood pellet stoves, is being developed by undergraduate students in an ASHRAE Undergraduate Senior Project Grant.


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Baltimore Aircoil participates in earthquake testing

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On April 17, 2012, a team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) performed a shake table test on a full-size building with a Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC) PT2 Cooling Tower.


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Let's Get Rid Of The One-Year Warranty Phase

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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Four building pros weigh in on the concept.
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The Benchmarketing Boom

By Robert Beverly
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Monitoring and transparency — and by extension, competition — are taking off.
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