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Articles by Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.

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B2B: Energy Retro-Cx

Month 2 - The Energy Conservation Opportunity: Process Heating for an Industrial Building Application — Air & Water Readings and Solution Plan
November 1, 2013
Last month, we tested readers on commissioning three of the many automatic temperature control (ATC) sequences of operation associated with the secondary hot water process heating system for an industrial building application.
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When To Rebalance Chilled Water And Hot Water Systems

Health care facilities are just one example where rebalancing not only ensures environmental quality but also enhances energy usage.
November 1, 2013
There are no industry standards for rebalancing HVAC water systems, so it got me thinking about the topic and I came up with several questions pertaining to rebalancing chilled water, condenser water, and hot water heating systems.
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Energy Retro-Cx

Based on Cx-3 ATC/FPT software 2
October 11, 2013
The Energy Conservation Opportunity: Primary-Secondary Heating at an Industrial Building Application - Air & Water Readings and Solution Plan
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How Safe Is Your HVAC System?

Whether it’s terrorism or a natural disaster or accident, building managers must be ready for multiple “worst-case scenarios.”
September 23, 2013
Back in July 2012, this magazine published an article titled “HVAC Security Emergencies — No Terrorists Required” with very little reader response to this most serious issue.
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B2B: Energy Retro-Cx

Month 1 - The Energy Conservation Opportunity: Process Heating for an Industrial Building Application
September 23, 2013
This final three-part series for 2013 is a continuation of the July, August, and September industrial heating system application with this month’s focus on the process heating system.
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Designing A Central Chiller Plant Equipment Room

It turns out that heat stroke, difficult access to equipment, and concussion are all detriments to good maintenance.
September 1, 2013
Here are a few interesting things to keep in mind when designing an equipment room. First, these spaces usually take up 7% of the gross floor space when located within the building or on the roof.
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Successful HVAC Training At Project Closeout

Designers with “better things to do” and shortsighted owners create obstacles for long-term efficiency.
August 29, 2013
I have a pet peeve with HVAC design engineers who do not put enough thought into a project’s contract document specification for training the client’s operation and maintenance personnel.
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Energy Retro-Cx

Based on Cx-3 ATC/FPT and TAB-3 software
August 29, 2013
MONTH 3- The Energy Conservation Opportunity: Process Heating for an Industrial Building Application - Solution Implementation and Monitor, Measure, and Benchmarking
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Designing A Central Air Handling Equipment Room

Clean, filtered air is far from the only factor to keep in mind.
August 2, 2013
In discussing the design engineering of equipment rooms, we have already touched on chiller rooms and boiler rooms, so this month we will address air handling equipment rooms.
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Energy Retro-Cx

Based on Cx-3 ATC/FPT and TAB-3 software
July 1, 2013
MONTH 1- The Energy Conservation Opportunity: Primary-Secondary Heating at an Industrial Building Application
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