Stay Connected with Engineered Systems
We are on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

Articles by Joanna Turpin

Chipping Away At Emissions

Tighter air regulations and and abundance of trees have paired up to fuel the move toward hybrid biomass boilers in these Canadian hospitals. Read about the upgraded systems’ differences and the considerations for trading fossil fuels for sawdust, wood chips, and bark.

Read More

Sign Of The Times

We often think of news as focusing on what just happened, but the mixed-use building housing the New York Times’ headquarters puts the emphasis squarely on what’s possible right now and where smart design is headed. The ability to go off-grid when it wants and a sophisticated daylighting system coordinated to heighten HVAC performance are just two exceptional components, not to mention Manhattan’s first high-rise UFAD system. The air distribution design for floors serving the newspaper’s offices is even more advanced, so come on in and let the story unfold. 
Read More

International Code Council HQ Goes For The Green

The ICC doesn’t own the building housing its new offices. However, between the site’s location and a considerable commitment by both the owner and the ICC, their unusually shaped building points toward good design and environmental responsibility. See how the HVAC and controls perform alongside the other sustainable elements of the project to deliver a LEED® Silver space.

Read More

HVAC Manufacturers Turning Various Shades of Green

In an era where a press release about the next green  product arrives faster than we can say “sustainable  building practices,” we wondered how many manufacturers are walking the walk in their own operations. These stories represent a sampling of companies who are greening the industry from the inside out.

Read More

Dry And On Time

Record rainfall in November, gale-force winds in December, snow in January … Mother Nature pulled out all the stops last winter in British Columbia. That made humidity control all the more critical at the site for what will be the province’s largest and Canada’s only LEED Silver hospital. With a financial interest in project punctuality, the team engineered a formidable short-term solution to keep the work on track and the drywall from becoming wetwall.

Read More

Constant Care

When Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas (DCMCCT) in Austin opens its doors this month, medical professionals as well as pediatric and adolescent patients will have reason to celebrate.
Read More

Hybrid Powers Higher Learning

Fighting past some preconceptions (and through a few floors for new exhaust), Essex County College supports its academic course load by handling its chiller load with a dual-fuel retrofit. Improvements are an ongoing process at the New Jersey school, as on any campus. While piping improvements and other projects remain, the staff knows the newfound chiller flexibility will pay off regardless.
Read More

Savings In Style

Led by a forward-thinking operations manager, this Toronto shopping center implemented wholesale changes on its retail HVAC to provide a beautiful energy budget makeover. See how the team changed chillers and controls, upgraded pumps and drives, and “chased” rewiring options to conserve $120,000 annually. By Joanna R. Turpin
Read More

Exhibiting Control

Displaying artwork and artifacts can involve some quite specific moisture control requirements, but those specifics can also vary depending on the particular exhibit. One Ohio museum employed 21st-century humidification and controls in preparation for 200-century-old Dead Sea Scrolls material. Read about that process, including how a little antacid jump-started the system’s steam production for fast relief.
Read More

Displaced Concern

An effective K-12 retrofit using UFAD and displacement ventilation requires everything from load calculations to Cheerios. Overcoming initial skepticism, these engineers have fine-tuned their designs, figured out where architect involvement is critical, and improved IAQ on the road to reducing energy costs throughout this Kansas school district.
Read More



Image Galleries

ES Gallery: Snapshots & Systems

Check out highlights from projects featured in our magazine this year!
5/13/15 11:00 am EDT

When's & Why's of Fuel Options and Selection for Backup Power

This presentation will bring listeners up to speed on what the best options are today and in the near future. 

Engineered Systems Magazine


2015 April

Check out the April issue of ES with the cover story: Discovery vs. Disaster: Why You Should Know The Limits Of Your Data Center.
Table Of Contents Subscribe

System Design

Based on your experience and knowledge level, are you currently comfortable designing or maintaining a system incorporating VRF or radiant ceiling panels?
View Results Poll Archive


The Green Energy Management Book

Learn from our experts how to evaluate job opportunities, market your services, sell a Walk-through Survey, target areas for an Energy Audit, calculate energy savings, do retrofit work, and win continuing contracts for retrofit work.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

With access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Tomorrow's Environment Podcast

This series from longtime columnist and chronic forward-thinker Howard McKew covers a lot of ground -- from retrocommissioning to systems training, on toward checklists for drawings and tips for meeting minutes. Click HERE to be taken to the podcast page!


new Facebook icon Twitter icon YouTube iconLinkedIn icon  Google+