Clearview Elementary School in Hanover, PA, was designed first and foremost to help children succeed academically. School district officials were well aware of the scientific studies conducted by the California Board for Energy Efficiency, which showed learning rates, as measured by test scores, were 16% to 26% higher in classrooms with daylighting. In addition, they knew that proper ventilation was crucial in helping students and teachers stay healthy, alert, and focused on learning.
The first green residential high-rise to be constructed in the United States. Downtown Manhattan's first new residential construction completed since September 2001. Those distinctions make The Solaire at 20 River Terrace a pioneer project, but it also sets itself apart with attention to IAQ. Multi-level humidification and ventilation systems supply filtered fresh air to each unit, but occupants can also opt for operable windows, if they prefer. Come in and enjoy the view of smart IAQ in action.
How did Chicago's City Hall get through last winter without opening any steam valves until it was 10 degrees outside? The answer is part of the ambitious set of projects undertaken by this year's AHR host city. A new BAS was just the start, followed by motor overhauls, video coordinating with HVAC and life safety, and improved metering.
When it comes to cleanup after Katrina and Rita, the task is indeed big in terms of health ramifications and square footage, but there isn't much easy about it at all. Industry experts weigh in here on the tall task of ensuring that commercial occupants can breathe easy during and after rebuilding. By Joanna Turpin
You might expect a retail electronics corporation to employ a forward-thinking approach for the design and integration of its new headquarters. And you'd be right. Vendors as design team members, a lack of changeorder surprises, and an unusually fluid strategy for getting on the fast track are just three of the ways the company got its facility plugged in for success. By Joanna Turpin
With fuel prices going through the roof, more building owners are looking for opportunities to reduce costs that go through the boiler. See how one apartment complex lowered expenses by lowering return temperature, then check out a list of adjustments big and small that could pay off for existing systems. By Joanna R. Turpin
Even the home of the 82nd Airborne Division has had to face the special forces created by deferred maintenance and budget cuts. Conservation measures combined with retrofits that included new piping, a solar turbine, a new chiller, and much more. As a result, Fort Bragg is fighting the good fight and winning both savings and better conditions. By Joanna Turpin
While it's certain that people will demand quality medications, it's more certain that the demands of producing those pharmaceutical products will be considerable and detailed. Dehumidification advances are allowing the industry to maintain more precise control, with more energy efficiency. Whether the task is custom design, filtration, or juggling the setpoints for pill coating and gel tablet processes, there's an answer on the market. By Joanna R. Turpin
ASHRAE 170P, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities, could receive public review as soon as this fall. While it has been designed thus far with clarity in mind, the simplicity of language belies sophisticated modeling that finds air speed and direction just as important as number of air changes in the operating room. Let this article about particles explain the factors surrounding the patient's thermal plume and what it could mean for future designs. By Joanna R. Turpin
Mechanical rooms located between classrooms and containing high levels of carbon monoxide? Shoreline Community College was concerned enough that it set about a course of retrofits. Several new boilers later, things are running more efficiently throughout campus while keeping the school out of code-related hot water. By the time the consulting firm and college finished, this class in comparative boiler systems included some controls, venting, and lighting improvements as well. By Joanna R. Turpin
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.