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HVAC Retrofits

High-Rise Overhaul

125 South Wacker, a 31-story Chicago high-rise that is halfway through a five-year master plan, represents a massive undertaking both in volume and scope of equip-ment. Simulations and smart project sequencing drive design decisions and funding viability as the work moves through the chiller plant, boilers, BAS, VAV, and conversions for everything from drives and valves to lighting and cooling tower configurations. See how the strategy is boosting performance and tenant flexibility.
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Energy Optimization In Existing Buildings

More than ever, existing buildings are the key to future efficiency gains. And yet, better equipment isn’t everything. The knowledge and behaviors of both occupants and operations staff play critical roles, perhaps greater than you realize. An integrated team approach, smart training, and the Hawthorne Effect are but three factors contributing to your next retrofit’s ultimate fate.
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EDITOR'S NOTE

Two Trends

The United States’ largest energy consumer weighs in, and Canadian higher ed works on the engineering gender gap.
Commercial buildings receive the bulk of attention in this issue, but I saw an interesting headline the other day (Energy Consumption by U.S. government at lowest level since at least 1975) and thought it was worth exploring a little more.
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VRF Is Evolving

While mechanical energy codes may lag relative to the efficiency targets of some other codes , the expansion of VRF into a wider range of equipment makes it easier than ever to exceed expectations. Perhaps more importantly, its incorporation into heat pumps, dehu-midifiers, compressors, and more represents more flexibility in delivering an effective retrofit without a total system overhaul.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Enhanced BAS With Data Analytics

The right software solution is worth the decisionmaking effort.
In theory, a BAS provides all of the hardware and software required to analyze and operate all functions within a building. In reality, though, what most of these systems do best is control the HVAC system.
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