HVAC Design/Construction Process

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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Commissioning: Equipment Startup And Commissioning

August 1, 2011
The once fairly calm phase could now be a key to nipping integration issues in the bud.
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Better Project Delivery: Health Care Infrastructure Projects

July 1, 2011
Here, our long-time forward-thinking columnist uses a common hospital scenario to walk you through the shift from Design-Bid-Build to an Integrated Project Delivery approach. See how the job can get done with similar personnel on a considerably shorter schedule, resulting in a greater team investment in the project’s success and yet more time to get on to other work.
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Editor's Note: Sharp Ideas

July 1, 2011
Getting an acceptable ROI from this event is like finding a needle in a needlestack.
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Commissioning: Equipment And Controls Integration

July 1, 2011
We still face plenty of ways for start-up to be a let down.
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Thermal Energy Storage Benefits And Sensible Systems

July 1, 2011
Some thermal storage media are familiar to most of us, but what about gravel? Or lake water? See how those can work in the right environments, and tuck this away as a general refresher on thermal storage concepts and options for use in hospitals, data centers, and elsewhere.
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Plenum Requirements For Egress Corridors In Health Care Environments

July 1, 2011
Incorporating a plenum can have its design advantages, but corridors serving adjoining areas of health care occupancies are prohibited from being used for a portion of an air supply, air return, or exhaust air plenum. This article and its illustrations can strengthen your grasp of the related NFPA code details and exceptions so you can design and ventilate properly for this special population.
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A Boiler Plant Upgrade's Tough College Course

June 1, 2011
Here’s a task: bridge the new mechanical room to the utility connection in the old space - located in an adjacent building in Chicago’s South Loop. Room for equipment is frequently tight, but in the case of this steam pipe, the room for error was less than one inch. The kind of planning that navigated that challenge accounted for (almost) everything in this tricky retrofit.
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