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Radiant Panels On Campus

This law school design story moves on from rationales for early decisions to the specific next-phase design challenges. Team effort combines with DOAS, radiant ceiling panels, DCV, and setpoint fine-tuning to maintain this case’s appeal.
By Brian Coffield, P.E., LEED AP BD+C and Patti Gunderson, P.E., LEED AP BD+C
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Perhaps the U.S.’s largest to-date Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) coupled with radiant ceiling panel (RCP) cooling and heating mechanical system is currently under construction at the Washington College of Law at American University (Washington).
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Iowa gallery restores HVAC to museum quality

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The 114,000-sq-ft Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA, houses a unique collection of international art.
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Pharma Warehouses: Two Degrees Of Separation

In pharma warehousing, two degrees can be the difference between life and death. Tailor the HVAC to the specifics of the space with the help of CFD, and pave the way to a smooth “last mile” to the user in this critical distribution chain.
By Mike Kaler
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“Mission Critical.” The term conjures up images of data centers populated with rows and rows of black boxes churning away, generating heat, and consuming power at an alarming rate.
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Cylon Energy acquires American Auto-Matrix

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Cylon Energy Inc. announced it will purchase American Auto-Matrix, a manufacturer of building automation systems and critical environments controls.


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Integration Of Fire Alarm And Automatic Suppression Design In Hospital Renovation Projects — An Overview

On the mechanical side, a life safety key is providing proper dampers and detection devices for ductwork passing through fire- or smoke-barrier partitions. But that’s just one element in good renovation design.
By Viral Amin, P.E.
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Today’s hospitals and specialized care facilities integrate a slew of building technologies to ensure all systems function as intended to provide state-of-the-art care for patients.
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Controls & Occupancy

Existing sensor strategies and newer lighting tech continue the battle against wasteful energy use.
By Paul Ehrlich, P.E.
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Much of the energy usage in a commercial building can be attributed to systems that are operating under the assumption that the building is “occupied.”
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VRF System: LG Electronics USA Commercial Air Conditioning

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LG Electronics USA has announced the U.S. availability of the LG Multi V Water IV water source unit, a new VRF HVAC system that comes in two configurations: heat pump and heat recovery. Both systems can accommodate up to 64 thermal zones with technology that allows the user to pipe farther, reaching distant areas of a building.


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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Spring Tune-Up For Your BAS?

Chances are good your control system is not working to its potential. Here are some ways to fix that.
By Paul Ehrlich, P.E.
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Each month in this column, we talk about the benefits of control systems and BAS.
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Air conditioner: Coolerado

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Coolerado has launched its M50 Downflow air conditioning unit delivering an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) above 40 when used as stand-alone and above 21 when working in concert with DX Roof Top Units (RTU). The company claims the M50 Downflow line was designed for easy installation on commercial roof curbs.


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Room controller: Viconics

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The VT8000 from Viconics Technologies provides increased energy savings and comfort at a lower price point compared to a full building automation system, according to the company. Viconics officials also said the room controller provides the functionality, comfort, control, and energy savings expected from a modern controller with the added flexibility to choose customizable options.


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