the August 2006 “Tomorrow’s Engineer” column, I talked about submitting
responsible documents, followed by a January 2007 column on construction
documentation with more to follow in 2007. To sum up, here is a responsible
construction documentation suggestion directed to BAS: When specifying BAS
computer software capabilities, don’t specify trending capabilities.
Frequently in my travels, I hear engineers offering pathetic excuses for why they didn’t do a good job or how they lost money with the fee they had. I hear these so much that I decided to write them down.
Sustainable green connectivity is what building owners want now from BAS. The need is urgent, and if we are not willing to provide it, there are those that will. As I look over the subject matter and events covered on AutomatedBuildings.com for the last few months, I repeatedly see the words “sustainable,” “green,” and “connectivity” appearing.
Are you committed to excellence? How about continuous improvement? And how about those people that you are responsible for on your project, in your group, your department, or your company? If your answer was no or not all the time, and you want to change, let me suggest you go out and purchase a 3-by-5-in. spiral-bound notebook.
Helpful HintsRefer to the October 2006 "HVACR Designer Tips" and "Back to Basics," and this month's "HVACR Designer Tips" for additional information. Design Phase Give proper consideration to adequate duct
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.