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Commissioning: Equipment Startup And Commissioning

By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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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

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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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

By Robert Beverly
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Getting an acceptable ROI from this event is like finding a needle in a needlestack.
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Commissioning: Equipment And Controls Integration

By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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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

By Shaw Gentry EIT and Lucas B. Hyman P.E., LEED
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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

By Robert Trotter CBO, CFM
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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

By Michael J. Murphy
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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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Precious Metal: Cogeneration And Cooperation At Oregon State

By Colin Moar CIBSE, CSA and Geoff Wampler LEED® AP
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The first university cogen plant in the U.S. to earn LEED® Platinum certification, the OSU Energy Center succeeded via consistently efficiency-minded design and an exceptional level of analysis and teamwork in the commissioning process. Fuel flexibility, staff training, and a projected $650,000 annual savings didn’t hurt, either.
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Knowledge is power: Hawaii dormitory deploys VRF for better management, metering

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A VRF system installed in this University of Hawaii dorm helped the school achieve LEED® certification and lower energy costs. Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH-M)
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Tomorrow's Environment: Project Management Training

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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Guiding a group effort isn’t effortless, but a few good habits will set the tone for success.
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