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Why Are Owners Taking This?

There are some good explanations for a bad trend.


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Commissioning

When “Substantial Completion” Is Insubstantial

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

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

The commissioning agent can steer this to avoid data paralysis later.
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Building Automation

Controls Specification Development

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

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

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

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”

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

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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