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2014 July

Check out the July 2014 issue of Engineered Systems, with features on chiller retrofits in health care facilities, building automation, and much more!

Managing Your Hospital Building Can Save Patient Lives

The history of our battle against infections and airborne disease is fascinating. Expand your knowledge and then sharpen your process for evaluating product options to craft better strategies for reducing these health risks.
Hospitalization per se is now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. How did this happen?
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Size Matters: Trends In Standby Power Systems For Health Care Facilities

These days, designs are favoring higher total system capacities, larger generators at higher output voltages integrated into “campus-type” power distribution systems, and security. Review design approaches, lessons learned, and relevant codes.
Consolidation within the healthcare industry and the rise of regional medical centers has led to larger facilities, often spread over a large area in a campus environment.
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Tablet As Building Engineering Tool, Part 5: The Business Of Engineering

From ideas to expense report, the last installment in this series looks at some needs in the course of standing engineering business, and what the still relatively new world of apps is offering up to meet them.
On my recent travels, I noted the seas of tablets that are now installed at several prominent airports. Several of the terminal areas at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are graced with hundreds of iPads tethered to counters and tables in gates and concessions.
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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.
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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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.
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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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Controls & Occupancy

Existing sensor strategies and newer lighting tech continue the battle against wasteful energy use.
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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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

Third-Party Troubleshooting Review - Part 1

Commitments to the process and to listening are just two qualifications you will need for this job.
Third-party troubleshooting review of problematic HVAC installations can be a profitable business if done correctly.
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EDITOR’S NOTE

Bust Or Boom

HVAC is making news from Texas to China, either for not working or for working overtime.
The late Red Auerbach of the classic Boston Celtics teams earned a reputation for giving visiting teams less than a gracious welcome upon reaching the Garden for a game.
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COMMISSIONING

An Appropriate Level Of Effort

A tricky RFP question gets trickier when the “correct” answer might depend on the particular owner.
The following is a question posed in a recent Request for Proposal (RFP) for commissioning services.
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BACK 2 BASICS

Building Program To Basis Of Design For A Treatment Clinic Within An Existing Hospital Building Project

At some point in time, most healthcare system building committees are given the responsibility to establish a building upgrade program to enhance their healthcare services and to contribute to the local community needing convenient health care treatment.
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CASE IN POINT

Centre for Sustainability takes innovative HVAC, IAQ approach

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) definitely lives up to its name
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CASE IN POINT

Florida schools raise efficiency grades with ice bank technology

The St. Lucie County School District (SLCSD) in Florida was receiving failing grades when it came to energy efficiency.
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