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Articles by Joanna Turpin

A Clean SWEAP

May 27, 2004
New ISO standards for cleanrooms aim to give professionals a common set of references for their work in these environments. However, issues remain that require owners and engineers to tread carefully when entering into contracts. Furthermore, while one result of ISO Standard 14644 is to simplify design on an international scale, its use of the metric system requires adjustment for many in the U.S. By Joanna Turpin
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Better Odds On Better Breathing

April 30, 2004
Sovereign status allowed smoking in this casino, but the smoke wasn't making the atmosphere appealing to patrons. The Oneida Indian Nation management decided to improve the setting by taking the under - underfloor ventilation, that is. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Cooling On The Spot

March 30, 2004
A variety of unrelated circumstances have served to highlight the praticality of spot (or portable) cooling. Find out why portable cooling isn't just for breakdowns anymore. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Class Beyond Code

February 24, 2004
Q: When does a score of 31.4% translate to an A+ grade?
A: When "annual energy cost savings" is the name of the test. By Joanna R. Turpin
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The Wireless Technology Revolution: What It Means For BAS

January 30, 2004
With a kickstart from the military, momentum is building as a new wave of products become more able with less cable. See how the technology can improve monitoring, how some sensors "organize themselves" to function best, and what's being done to help various wireless equipment function together. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Exhibiting Better Comfort

January 2, 2004
While one might think of such places as documenting the past, the HVAC at Chicago's Field Museum is keeping pace with the present and then some. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Afforbable Fare: DTW Upgrade Enjoys Smooth Takeoff

December 1, 2003
While Detroit Metro Airport's new terminal got the headlines, retooling HVAC systems for existing space has revved up the savings and created first-class comfort. By Joanna R. Turpin
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To Efficiency And Beyond...

October 20, 2003
Way back at the end of the last century, ARI embarked on a new research journey toward long-term innovation. Today, the buzz around 21CR is encouraging, thanks to recent work in areas like continuous commissioning, underfloor air, and chilled water system design. The target: to see light years of progress in a decade or two. By Joanna Turpin
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For The People: Government Chillers Keep Costs Cool

September 29, 2003
Federal facilities showcase our history, dispense justice, accelerate atoms, and more. These buildings share one common trait: better performance through recent retrofits. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Confusion Clouds Revised Standards

August 27, 2003
What if they updated a makeup air standard and nobody noticed? Well, the manufacturers certainly noticed when an ANSI revision meant additional work, expense, and testing to market their equipment. Awareness is not quite so uniform on the designing and inspection side, according to some. Here’s the scoop on the latest changes, the real-world challenges, and the effects of both. By Joanna Turpin
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