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Floored!

January 13, 2012
The activities around the Expo continue to increase, but the miles and miles of exhibit space still sits in the center of the action. Here’s our annual glimpse at what’s new from the companies who hope to draw you to their booths this month.
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JBA Consulting Engineers Embraces Technology To Power Growth

January 11, 2012
Follow one firm’s path from committing to BIM to climbing a learning curve in using it to serve clients, and even on to taking an unusual step to fill what it sees as a need in the market.
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Cutting Costs vs. Creeping Copper: The Data Center Airside Economizer Conundrum

January 10, 2012
So Charles Dickens, Ferris Bueller, a chicken, and a pig walk into an HVAC article … and try to sort out proper use of outdoor air in data centers. As you might imagine, it’s not simple. But if you remember these three design absolutes and consider your client’s specific perspective, the resulting efficiencies might have you singing Wayne Newton at the prospect of repeat business.
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Third-Party TAB Consulting In Sync With Third-Party Commissioning – Its Time Has Come.

January 9, 2012
The people in the industry don’t necessarily make a loud argument for it, but the results often do. How to get this ball rolling, sell it, and see it through from design to occupancy? Look ahead by looking below.
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Commissioning Fire Alarm Systems

January 9, 2012
This month, our life safety coverage arrives from the commissioning side. From design phase to tips on navigating a seemingly untenable number of observations, and on to post-testing tasks, here’s one consultant’s solid reference to keep you and your client from getting unnecessarily alarmed.
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Motors For Use With VFDs

January 9, 2012
The questions can pile up quickly when it’s time to specify a motor to pair with a variable drive. The information available sometimes leaves one wondering just as much about the information that is unavailable. Will a decision hold up not only in the actual application but also possibly in court? Wade into compatibility, spec terms, partial loads, and more as we try to get this motor running.
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Thank You, Steve Jobs

January 13, 2012
The hard part was more about presentation and persuasion than waiting on technology.
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New Year, New Thinking

January 13, 2012
How can the conventional wisdom get a little wiser?
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In-House BAS Expertise

January 12, 2012
Should your facility step up its staff? Consider these tiers.
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Public Art Gallery AHU Trend Analysis

January 13, 2012
The $4,000/yr problem was not on display for, or even noticeable by, visitors and staff.
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Air handler supports the mission at a unique aviation-themed waterpark

January 12, 2012
The middle of Oregon’s wine country is an unlikely setting for the campus of a world-class aviation museum, housing the Howard Hughes “Spruce Goose” and many historic aircraft. Even more unlikely is finding an Innovent custom air handler nestled under the fuselage of a B747 airliner, which sits atop the roof of a lively waterpark.
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Linkage lessens load of damper installation

January 12, 2012
Andy Cummings of Southland Industries has suffered through his share of cumbersome damper actuator installs. With over 30 years of experience in the sheet metal industry, he knows that the process is not only time-consuming, it can yield disappointing results if the connections are in any way unstable.
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