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Tomorrow's Environment: Energy Engineer Qualifications

April 1, 2010
Why aren’t there any? What should they be?
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Tomorrow's Environment: Energy Technician Course for Technical High Schools

March 1, 2010
Buildings would run better with this curriculum (and its graduates) in place.
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Tomorrow's Environment: A Failure to Plan Is A Plan To Fail

February 1, 2010
We need an improved framework for building operating decisions, including using the stuff you buy.
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Tomorrow's Environment: the new back2basics Goes Retro

January 1, 2010
Retro-commissioning, that is, focusing new energy on existing buildings.
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Troubleshooting Chilled Water Systems

December 1, 2009
Maybe the problem was born in design - overestimating pump head, or a cooling tower that isn’t towering enough. Or it arose in installation - say, misconnected coils. Even then, a fix may create a new water mystery. Get in step with some successful detecting habits to correct the next troubled system you see.
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Tomorrow's Environment: Commissioning Your Building Envelope

December 1, 2009
An infrared scan can help ensure your HVAC design is not just signed and sealed, but delivered.
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Tomorrow's Environment: More On Energy Auditing

November 1, 2009
Higher education embraces the concept but misses some real opportunities along the way.
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Gillette Stadium: A 24/7 HVAC O&M Challenge

October 1, 2009
A large modern-day sporting complex includes tens of thousands of seats and what seems like almost as many types of spaces and functions. For the facility staff at the New England Patriots’ home, there is no off-season as they tackle this head-spinning challenge. See how energy conservation has stayed in the game plan, from original design process to post-occupancy staffing.
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Tomorrow's Environment:

September 1, 2009
And get those expectations out in the open with your RFP.
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Humidification and Dehumidification

September 1, 2009
Technologies And Strategies To Manipulate Psychrometric Effect
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