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

Designing A Central Air Handling Equipment Room

Clean, filtered air is far from the only factor to keep in mind.
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
MONTH 1- The Energy Conservation Opportunity: Primary-Secondary Heating at an Industrial Building Application
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Designing A Central Boiler Plant Equipment Room

Ventilation, noise, and fuel storage are just a few important considerations.
To continue the design engineering of equipment rooms, we move on this month from chiller plants to boiler rooms
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Energy Retro-Cx

Based on Cx-3 ATC/FPT and TAB-3 software
MONTH 3- The Energy Conservation Opportunity: Water-Source Heat Pump System Application - Solution Implementation and Monitor, Measure, and Benchmarking
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Can Someone Design a Mobile Manager Software Program?

Handheld project management will soon be an expectation, not a bonus.
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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Based on Cx-3 ATC/FPT and TAB-3 software

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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Make Your Meetings Work

Why not have the subcontractors run the weekly coordination meetings?
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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Solar Heat & Electricity: What's The Problem?

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


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The Power Of Positive Thinking

Its payoff can extend to your revenue, too.


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A Woman's Perspective On Work

A casual survey and personal experience generate some candor and surprises.
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