HVAC Retrofits

Fan, BAS spread a warm feeling to start Alaska schooldays

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A 12-ft diameter low-speed fan provides destratification to cut the morning temperature recovery for this elementary school down to 15 to 20 min.Designing a landmark school in the unforgiving Alaskan
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Welcome to Boston!

By Peter Fairbanks
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Smaller in size but big on style and service, this Boston hotel looked to compete with bigger brands by cutting costs behind the scenes. A chiller overhaul led the list of improvements, which included lighting and controls retrofits, and allowing rooms to recirculate air when unoccupied.
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Tomorrow's Environment: Do You Have a Corporate Sustainability Plan

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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Like the emergence of Quality Control, it’s better business to get out ahead of this wave.
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Commissioning: Missing Operations & Maintenance Participation

By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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Results will underwhelm without O&M on board.
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Building Automation: Set It And Forget It?

By Paul Ehrlich, P.E. and Ira Goldschmidt P.E.
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With so many potential circumstances requiring attention, the chance of that scenario is, “Forget it.”
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Tomorrow's Environment: My Next Great Adventure

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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In strategic business planning, the focus is on profit driven by technical proficiency and adaptability.
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Boiler Safety On The Front Burner

By John R. Puskar P.E.
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Between the limits of enforcement and the potential sources of trouble, there’s a lot of room for something to go wrong with a boiler system. Consider the options for regular inspections, testing, and training to steer your facility clear of extra costs, outages, or much worse.
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Better Off Without Us

By Ron Caffrey
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It’s time to admit that on the road to better BAS operations, the biggest obstacle is the people.
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Behind The Change In ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170

By Judene Bartley MS, MPH, C and Russ Olmsted MPH, CIC
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Review the work that engineers and clinicians put into creating an amendment to the standard for relative humidity in the operating room and other spaces. The goal was to see whether it was possible to adjust rh thresholds without affecting patient health, but the associated potential equipment savings may make facility budget directors feel the best of all.
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Hotel checks into tankless for hot water with room to spare

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A custom made vent system eliminated the need for 17 separate vents required by the gas-fired, tankless water heaters at this Alabama hotel.Saving space is invariably one of the prime
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