Forget high-tech or
high-expense fixes for a minute. Have you tried to bump efficiency by looking
for the next aisle over, deploying a
Trim and Respond strategy, or trying the soon-to-be-famous Paper On A Stick approach?
Some of the biggest names in the data center universe think that you plant the
seeds of real savings with some mighty simple steps.
The author describes how toilet flushes
aerosolize germs sending them airborne to soar around and infect their next
victim(s) because bathrooms are designed backwards. Learn novel ways to control
and clean bathroom air to help control airborne disease transmission problems.
So feel free to hold your nose as you learn about how you can help protect
people’s health within your client’s buildings.
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.
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.
Tankless water heaters saved California State University Northridge money in energy costs. Beverly Watson can easily laugh about the idea today, now that her recent tankless water heater retrofit project
As noted in last month’s column, accessibility
to mechanical, electrical, and control system components is critical for
sustainable systems operation. However, the design and construction industry is
sorely lacking when it comes to agreeing on what appropriate accessibility
means. In order to make a meaningful difference in how systems are delivered to
owners/operators, it is critical to define measurable accessibility acceptance
criteria early in the design phase and allow the commissioning professional to
shepherd that criteria through the design, construction, and acceptance phases.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.