to the constraints of that pesky time-space continuum, there is no way to get
news from the AHR/ASHRAE festivities into this month’s print issue. We regret
this unavoidable little collision between the event schedule and our printing
schedule, but you can always get several immediate reports about what happened
in Dallas from our main website and blog. Of course, this
will no longer be a problem once our crack research team puts the finishing
touches on the ES flux capacitor to allow time travel, a la Back To The Future, or when they discover a way for us to beam
industry headlines directly into your brain via satellite.
When you’re trying to get back in gear after the holidays, one of the rudest traditional hurdles to face is The Dreaded Calendar Flip (TDCF). You’ve just finished being swamped with end-of-year projects, reports, and miscellaneous seasonal tasks ranging from school assemblies to Secret Santa obligation.
In either my first or second AHR Expo, I brought a new pair of dress shoes. That’s a mistake you make exactly once. Yet, we’re getting close to the next pair of AHR and ASHRAE events, so if you’re going, it’s time to start breaking in any footwear you might want to pack, and also to consider how to fill your schedule in Dallas.
"We gave it to the facilities guys, and they couldn't figure it out. We gave it to the IT guys, and they automated the bathrooms."
That sounds like a worst-case scenario that Ken Sinclair might've written a few years ago in his column, doesn't it?
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.