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Doing The Right Thing

Pointing out design flaws isn’t easy, but engineers must apply their best assessments for the building owner.
April 1, 2014
The other day, a colleague of mine mentioned to me that she was taking on a project where others in her company were not happy.
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Prepare And Complete An HVAC Project Closeout Punch List

It’s nobody’s favorite part, but the road to performance goes through this paperwork.
March 1, 2014
This is the fourth and final column on preparation and completing specific consulting engineering tasks that are traditionally covered in the design engineering firm’s consulting fee.
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Preparing For And Assisting In System Startup

When it’s time to flip the switch, design engineers must be present to ensure proper system design.
February 1, 2014
Many consulting engineers will tell you that time invested in the construction phase is beyond their scope of work and, of course, the fee has been all used up and “we can’t afford to waste our time” with equipment and associated system startup.
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Preparing For And Completing A Construction Site Field Visit

Here are some things to remember, bring along, and follow up about when seeing how the project is going.
January 2, 2014
Here are my suggestions for preparing to complete a construction administration site visit as the design engineer for the project.
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Prepare To Attend A Construction Meeting

Construction projects are only as successful as construction meetings. The first of four parts begins to get everyone on board and on the right track.
December 1, 2013
This month and in the next three months, I will be sharing my experience pertaining to a design engineer who is responsible for the construction administration of the project he just completed the design for, with construction underway.
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When To Rebalance Chilled Water And Hot Water Systems

Health care facilities are just one example where rebalancing not only ensures environmental quality but also enhances energy usage.
November 1, 2013
There are no industry standards for rebalancing HVAC water systems, so it got me thinking about the topic and I came up with several questions pertaining to rebalancing chilled water, condenser water, and hot water heating systems.
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How Safe Is Your HVAC System?

Whether it’s terrorism or a natural disaster or accident, building managers must be ready for multiple “worst-case scenarios.”
September 23, 2013
Back in July 2012, this magazine published an article titled “HVAC Security Emergencies — No Terrorists Required” with very little reader response to this most serious issue.
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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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Designing A Central Chiller Plant Equipment Room

It turns out that heat stroke, difficult access to equipment, and concussion are all detriments to good maintenance.
September 1, 2013
Here are a few interesting things to keep in mind when designing an equipment room. First, these spaces usually take up 7% of the gross floor space when located within the building or on the roof.
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Successful HVAC Training At Project Closeout

Designers with “better things to do” and shortsighted owners create obstacles for long-term efficiency.
August 29, 2013
I have a pet peeve with HVAC design engineers who do not put enough thought into a project’s contract document specification for training the client’s operation and maintenance personnel.
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