Articles by Joanna Turpin

More Proprietary Perspectives

Is there still a market for proprietary building automation systems? Can a system be "open" and "proprietary" at the same time? The first part of this investigation focused on the advantages of sticking with a proprietary system. This month, we conclude with the case made by those favoring open protocols, looking at how they differ from proprietary systems and what it means for facilities and designers alike. By Joanna Turpin
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Makeup Air Makes For Healthier Buildings

Assessing the factors that go into the correct makeup air strategy for a given facility can be, well, exhausting. This article takes a look at the issues in play, including dehumidification, outdoor conditions, equipment options, and high-volume systems. It also reviews new standards for gas-fired equipment. By Joanna Turpin
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Proprietary Perspectives

Is there still a market for proprietary bas? What are the possible advantages of working with a single controls vendor? Can a system be "open" and "proprietary" at the same time? This first article in a two-part series explores potential positives. By Joanna Turpin
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Thermal Storage and Perpetual Savings

Over the past few years, major TES projects have been implemented at hospitals in Connecticut and Texas. This article takes a look at how the bottomline results have shaped up, and how the systems - one chilled water, one ice - may also be decreasing current maintenance costs and future expansion expenses. By Joanna R. Turpin
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A New School of SystEMS Controls

Spurred by motivators including its insurance company, Catholic University has spent several years implementing a gradual hvac overhaul. Campus energy efficiency has increased with each retrofit, but new metering has also earned extra credit by allowing facility staff to identify and pursue smarter operating procedures. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Betting on Better Controls

When it came time for a bas retrofit at one of Las Vegas' famous casinos, Harrah's wagered on increased system versatility and control. The bet is looking like a win-win for the house and its guests. By Joanna R. Turpin
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A Tale Of Two Standards

It's been the best of times and the worst of times for those involved with revising ASHRAE Standards 62-89 and 90.1. Controversy, frustration, and politics have helped keep the standards from being completed - but a breakthrough may soon be near for at least one of the standards. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Secondhand News

Does the hospitality industry need its own IAQ standard? It's under discussion, and even that much is enough to fuel heated discussion about the science, wisdom, and motivations behind such a possible move. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Utah Schools Medal In Minimizing Maintenance

For the Granite School District, the move to multiple-boiler systems led to solid, more consistent performance for schools of various ages. The district's energy manager discusses the move to cast iron boilers as well as other sequencing and upkeep issues. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Interoperability Where Art Thou?

For several years, manufacturers have been telling customers that interoperability is possible. Engineers, however, are still waiting for the industry to prove that it can deliver on these promises. And they may have to wait a little longer. By Joanna R. Turpin
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