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Chiller Retrofits In Health Care Facilities

One of the worst things you can do is note the capacity and replace the chiller. Have the building loads and usage changed? What about motors and cooling towers? Consider these and your part-load realities to create real long-term improvements.
By Gary Hamilton P.E.
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The replacement of chillers for hospitals and other health care facilities are often done out of absolute necessity, and it is often avoided for as long as possible.
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Shopping In Utah's Great (Semi-) Out-doors

In-slab radiant heating and cooling, cooling towers, and a serious array of pumps and tubing create just the right retail environment in this 20-acre downtown complex.
By John Vastyan
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There’s a new and shimmering upscale tourism and retail destination in the heart of Salt Lake City that has won the attention of city planners worldwide.
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Chiller Plant Control

While chilled water plants can range in complexity, the fundamentals are the same.
By Paul Ehrlich, P.E.
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Chilled water plants tend to be one of the most energy intensive areas of a commercial building.
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Plastic cooling towers cure hospital’s maintenance, energy cost symptoms

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It’s no secret that hospitals contain some of the most diverse and demanding environments that require dependable performance of the HVAC system.
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A Plan And A Plant

A philosophy plus the usual opportunities made for real savings. What about where you work?
By Robert Beverly
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Since energy efficiency is a big part of what this industry pursues on behalf of society at large, I always like to see examples of what companies and firms are doing internally to conserve resources. This month, A.O. Smith celebrated progress on that front at its plant in McBee, SC.
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A Lesson Plan For Sustainability

The Medical University of South Carolina implemented broad energy efficiency im-provements without incurring capital costs.
By John F. Plack Jr., P.E.
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Today, many state institutions of higher learning and healthcare facilities face reduced budgets, aging infrastructure, and rising energy costs. According to the EPA, colleges and universities spend close to $2 billion each year on energy. These institutions are seeking innovative ways to renew facilities, improve energy efficiency, and reduce energy costs. One option gaining some renewed momentum is the Energy Savings Performance Contract (EPSC).
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Modular Central Utility Plants: A Different Approach

By Garold Hamilton P.E. LEED®
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Done right, going modular can be a good fit for hospitals in search of efficiency. From design to specification to pre-shipment, the process demands engineering attention to the right details at the right times. Get a designer’s notes from experience and learn how to take advantage of what a modular central plant can offer.
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Less Capacity Is The Coolest

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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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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Baltimore Aircoil participates in earthquake testing

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On April 17, 2012, a team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) performed a shake table test on a full-size building with a Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC) PT2 Cooling Tower.


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Internet provider deploys filter screens to save motor and labor energy

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With 10 LEED certified facilities and millions of additional square feet in the works, a well-known global Internet company committed to running green facilities was facing cooling and maintenance challenges at several of its data centers.
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