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2014 September

Check out the September 2014 issue of Engineered Systems, with features on radiant panels, refrigerant flow systems, and much more!

A Starring Role For Universal City Retrofit

A Hilton in the heart of show biz transformed into a sustainable destination hotel with the help of chiller and cooling tower overhauls and improved BAS and ventilation strategies. Don’t miss the final plot twist before the system’s big launch party.
By Tony Ghaffari
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A hotel’s success in the hospitality industry is measured by the quality and value of its guests’ experience, and that requires the hotel to deliver consistently flawless service and reliable comfort at a competitive rate.
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Old Building, New HQ: VRF In Wisconsin

An energy services company has a habit of basing its operations in buildings ready for a second chance. This time around, a zoned VRF design led to substantial electric and gas savings on top of the rewards of building conservation.
By Dave Janquart, D.E.
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Franklin Energy Services, LLC (Franklin Energy)in Port Washington, WI, has been consulting with utilities, municipalities, and states to create energy-efficiency programs for commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential customers since 1994
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Modular Heating Water Boilers

Modular boilers have come a long way in the past few years, along with load-matching strategies. Improving efficiencies, navigating critical tight spaces, and allowing for future growth are three reasons this option is heating up.
By Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CSI-CCS, CCPR
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Modular boilers were reportedly first introduced in the 1960s.
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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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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Controls For VRF Systems

Incorporating these systems with BAS can prove to be a wise choice.
By Paul Ehrlich, P.E.
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One of the most interesting new HVAC trends is the use of VRF systems
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

Leaving A Legacy

Who does that? Don’t rule yourself out too quickly.
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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If you are one of the fortunate ones to have had the opportunity to work in the building industry throughout your career, you probably don’t think you can or will leave a legacy for others to benefit from being in this business.
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EDITOR'S NOTE

Germ Warfare: Impatient For Progress

When it comes to hospital-acquired infections, the old saying applies to HVAC. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
By Robert Beverly
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Hospital infections and the toll they can take have been on our radar for a while now, thanks largely to Howie McKew championing the issue.
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: What Is Too Long?

A lengthy to-do list after FPT can cause more problems than it solves.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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I am a strong proponent of planning ahead for successful functional performance testing.
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Back 2 Basics

Building Program To Basis Of Design For A Corporate Central Plant Expansion Project

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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At some point in time, many major corporations with central chilled water plants will make the decision to increase their chiller plant to accommodate their building campus expansion.
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CASE IN POINT

Schools, manufacturing facility benefit from plastic cooling towers

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When Joe Matthews, vice president of construction at Vista Air Services in Houston, was considering a self-contained, water-cooled HVAC system for a customer near Galveston Bay, he primarily had system efficiencies on his mind.
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CASE IN POINT

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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2014 September

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