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To Beam or not To Beam?

January 2, 2013

While active beams are making great strides toward becoming a standard part of the designer’s toolbox, knowing when to deploy them is a critical judgment. The author focuses his considerable experience with them into a good look at related thermal comfort considerations. Operation and controls, two- and four-pipe systems, and condensation control strategies round out a worthwhile look at how active beams can work for you.


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Critical Care: IAQ For Isolation

January 2, 2013

There’s nothing simple about the design, construction, and maintenance of a hospital’s protective environment and airborne infection isolation spaces. However, if you pay careful attention to recommended ventilation and filtration strategies for the rooms and adjacent areas, you can handle the pressure (so to speak) and deliver a healing environment.


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Good Practices For Mechanical Repair Of Electric Motors

January 2, 2013

Motor problem documentation, grease compatability, fits for bearings … these are just three aspects covered in ANSI/EASA AR100. Whether you maintain your own motors or simply own them and require proper maintenance, understanding the concerns, resources, and recommendations of AR100 will encourage proper repairs and longer service life.


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Controls Goals: Collecting Connection Communities

January 3, 2013

Technology-based communities are evolving swiftly in terms of both nature and influence. Here, the owner of his own popular BAS connection community chats with other industry leaders in advance of his free AHR sessions in Dallas.


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HVAC on the Aisles

January 2, 2013

Once again, we bring you an advance peek of what will be on the floor when AHR Expo attendees arrive in Dallas late this month. Attendees and non-attendees alike can also browse a treasure trove of info at www.ahrexpo.com. But for now, enjoy a snapshot drawn straight from the exhibitors themselves.


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Building Performance Monitoring And Metrics: Putting Building Data To Work

January 2, 2013

Valuable insights for dealing with cooling plants, air handling, and hydronics lead up to some
startling commissioning experience with reported kW values.


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Why Are Owners Taking This?

January 2, 2013

There are some good explanations for a bad trend.


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Editor’s Note

Net-Zero News From The Windy City

January 2, 2013

Chicago takes the year off from AHR but is staying busy with unusual projects.


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The Power Of Positive Thinking

January 2, 2013

Its payoff can extend to your revenue, too.


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How Home Automation May Transform Building Automation

January 2, 2013

Will a design cousin of the iPod take flight?


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Case In Point

Health care provider uses upgrades to deliver top-notch care

January 2, 2013

High-performance solutions result in savings, LEED® certifications, and better health care Spectrum Health is the largest not-for-profit health care system in West Michigan with nine hospitals, more than 180 service sites, and 1,983 licensed beds system-wide. 


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Exhaust ductwork solves tough MEP challenge at research facility

January 2, 2013

Finding new solutions to the complex challenges of global climate change is the task that drives the scientists and energy industry leaders who collaborate in the Energy Biosciences Institute at UC Berkeley’s new five-story, 11,300-sq-ft Helios Energy Research Facility in downtown Berkeley. 


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Case In Point

Smoke clears over a popular NYC restaurant and its neighbors

January 2, 2013

In October 2011, Mas (la grillade) opened in New York City with the goal of elevating hardwood grilling to a culinary art using fire and smoke. Located in Lower Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, “the grill” aimed to build upon the success of its sister restaurant and predecessor, Mas (farmhouse), and rely exclusively on hardwoods as its primary cooking fuel. 


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