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

Tomorrow's Environment

Designing A Central Boiler Plant Equipment Room

Ventilation, noise, and fuel storage are just a few important considerations.
July 1, 2013
To continue the design engineering of equipment rooms, we move on this month from chiller plants to boiler rooms
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Back 2 Basics

Energy Retro-Cx

Based on Cx-3 ATC/FPT and TAB-3 software
June 1, 2013
MONTH 3- The Energy Conservation Opportunity: Water-Source Heat Pump System Application - Solution Implementation and Monitor, Measure, and Benchmarking
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Tomorrow’s Environment

Can Someone Design a Mobile Manager Software Program?

Handheld project management will soon be an expectation, not a bonus.
April 26, 2013
Here is a good idea for a frustrated HVAC person who likes to dabble with computer technology. It seems to me that now just about everyone (except me) uses a handheld device of some kind and is drawn to endless hours of using it analogous to drawing a moth to a flame to its screen.
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Back 2 Basics

Back 2 Basics

Based on Cx-3 ATC/FPT and TAB-3 software
April 26, 2013

Last month, we tested readers on commissioning three of the many automatic temperature control (ATC) sequences of operation associated with outdoor air ventilation, space cooling, and also no mechanical heating or cooling required.  

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Tomorrow's Environment

Make Your Meetings Work

Why not have the subcontractors run the weekly coordination meetings?
March 18, 2013
When I have sat in on trade contractor field coordination meetings over the years, the prime contract (either a general contractor or construction manager) will have his project manager and/or mechanical and electrical coordinator facilitate these weekly meetings.
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Tomorrow's Environment

Solar Heat & Electricity: What's The Problem?

January 29, 2013

In some settings, the old excuses don’t hold water anymore.

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The Power Of Positive Thinking

January 2, 2013

Its payoff can extend to your revenue, too.

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Tomorrow’s Environment

A Woman's Perspective On Work

November 26, 2012
A casual survey and personal experience generate some candor and surprises.
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Tomorrow’s Environment

Company Of One, Cont'd Consider A Mentor

November 1, 2012
You’re never too old for practical words of experience.
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Less Capacity Is The Coolest

October 31, 2012
Sometimes, what seems like a need for more cooling capacity could be the need to take a hard look and fine-tune the existing chiller plant. With a hospital expansion coming up, the team on this UMass Memorial Health Care project avoided adding up to 120 tons of capacity with tactics that included attacking inefficiencies in piping, valves, cooling towers, and controls.
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Design Flaws

Following up on Howard McKew's April "Tomorrow's Environment" column: Have you ever thought twice about reporting problems with another firm's design? What did you do?
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