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Are There Hidden Problems In Your Hydronic Boiler Project?

Putting a new boiler in is a lot more complicated than just putting a new boiler in. You’re often taking ownership for any problem, real or potential, anywhere in the hydronics system.
December 1, 2013
Designing a commercial boiler replacement where you were not the original designer or installer might have some hidden dangers that could haunt you for years.
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Chiller Retrofit: The Attraction Of Magnetic Bearings

With multiple expansions and projects, a DC-area hospital also had to plan for cooling that could keep up with developing demands and spaces.
November 1, 2013

When the facilities management staff of Mount Vernon Hospital completed an assessment of its central chilled water plant, it became evident that while the original chillers had served the hospital well since its opening in 1975, they were ready for replacement.


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Open for public comment: proposed revisions for existing buildings standard

October 28, 2013

Public input is being sought into revision of an ASHRAE/IES standard that addresses retrofit of existing residential and commercial buildings to achieve greater energy efficiency.


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Case In Point

Hamburger University serves up super-sized pool dehumidification project

September 23, 2013
McDonald’s is one of the most visible fast-food entities, with over 32,000 restaurants worldwide. However, patrons may not be aware that McDonald’s trains many of its employees at its Hamburger University, also known as “HU.”
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Building Automation

Upgrading Aging Building Automation

Is it time for an update or a full replacement? Here are some factors to think about when evaluating mechanical systems.
September 23, 2013
Often when we are evaluating or assessing an existing building, we are on the lookout for equipment and systems that are in poor condition or approaching the end of life.
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VRF Heat Pumps In The Real World

Wide temperature swings, submetering deficiencies, bloated carbon footprint … these are but three of the problems tackled in two contrasting projects in the Northwest.
September 1, 2013
How is variable refrigerant flow (VRF) working for you? We asked a number of people that question and summarized the findings from two typical facilities here.
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Editor's Note

A Plan And A Plant

A philosophy plus the usual opportunities made for real savings. What about where you work?
August 29, 2013
Since energy efficiency is a big part of what this industry pursues on behalf of society at large, I always like to see examples of what companies and firms are doing internally to conserve resources. This month, A.O. Smith celebrated progress on that front at its plant in McBee, SC.
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The (Cost) of DOAS/Radiant

If a design team is lucky, it faces a system choice between “good” and “very good.” However, it’s not always simple to tell which is which.
August 29, 2013
Engineers are rethinking the standard engineering design paradigm, using lifecycle cost analysis (LCCA) to compare system alternatives that fulfill the same functional requirements but differ in terms of initial and operating costs.
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Case In Point

Engineers turn outdated warehouse into LEED Gold college facility

August 2, 2013
When Randolph Community College in Asheboro, NC, went looking for a new educational facility, they looked in the most unlikely of places
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Case In Point

VRF system provides new look, efficiency to construction company office

August 2, 2013
Turner Construction Co. has been responsible for working on many notable buildings in Ohio and across the United States, including the Ohio State University Stadium renovation, the new patient tower of Nationwide Children's Hospital, and the Hilton Columbus Downtown.
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How to Calculate Backup Power Supply Requirements for Your Facility

On-Demand This webinar reviews how to determine power requirements of facility loads; electrical characteristics and impact of different types of loads such as large motors and UPS systems on power supply sizing; acceptable power sources and other constraints applied by building codes; and how software tools can be used to simplify the process of calculating backup power requirements.  

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