HVAC Design/Construction Process

Building Automation: How Far WE'VE COME

By Paul Ehrlich, P.E. and Ira Goldschmidt P.E.
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We can only afford our present complaints thanks to our previous achievements.
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Seismic & Wind Concerns

By Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CSI-CCS, CCPR
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Earthquakes and strong gusts are threats in the physical world that creep into the HVAC design world of isolators, supports, and special louver considerations. Furthermore, a new legal world in terms of codes, insurance, and liability can leave inattentive engineers, owners, and manufacturers quaking in their boots. Read on to stay safe in more ways than one.
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Tomorrow's Environment: Software

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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Some will say most engineering, construction, and O&M software offerings are “smart” because they are all programs built for computer applications, but I see that some software has added benefits beyond their program intent. To begin, computer programs are developed to provide a variety of technical features, such as performing energy calculations and system/equipment service that blends technical data with financial data. Even my own software programs have specific features for commissioning and air and water balancing. But what about the benefits a program can provide which maybe weren’t part of the intent?
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Commissioning: ALL-Access Pass

By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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If you can’t get to it, you can’t commission it.
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Ventilation Leads Kerry's Recipe For Success

By Rick Hombsch P.E. and Kevin Pope P.E.
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For a consumer food group’s very mixed-space campus, HGA’s careful outdoor air strategy got support from smart boiler, chiller, and lighting design to create performance tailored for the client while comfortably exceeding LEED®and ASHRAE 90.1 requirements.
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Getting Into The Flow

By John Vastyan
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Commercial system experts see flow as a key step to optimizing system efficiency. Cutting down required tubing size, insulated PEX for district systems, and variable-speed pumps to pin down a chiller’s exact needs are three points of attack in the modern campaign against waste.
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Building Automation: Integration: Myths, Lies, and Misconception

By Paul Ehrlich, P.E. and Ira Goldschmidt P.E.
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From design to setup to reporting, bad habits and bad thinking may loom at every turn.
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Commissioning Of Mission Critical Installation

By Michael Feyler and Jason Peterson
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Most of us think of data centers when we think “mission critical,” but the category goes into financial and health sectors as well. These five phases of commissioning can provide some additional peace of mind about performance, no matter which type of critical mission is at stake.
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Commissioning: Commissioning And Baseball

By guest author Schlueter LEED® AP
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Chalking up a win in either endeavor involves some uniform habits.
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Prognosis for chiller strategy: no hotspots, two-year payback

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VFDs and a new chiller reduced this Texas hospital’s carbon footprint. With large central utility plants, over-taxed HVAC systems, and ever-increasing utility costs, many hospitals face the dual problems of
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