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ARTICLES

Hospital Retrofits For Energy Efficiency

How many health care facilities are limping along in terms of mechanical performance but could be running better than ever with one committed round of treatment?
March 1, 2014
Our BAS columnist makes a house call to prescribe one method of applying retrofit expertise, including the success story of a hospital with mysteries or maladies that required attention in VAV and chillers, air handling strategies, OR ventilation, and beyond.
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More Specifics On Our AHR Event

Who's on first, and what are we talking about?
January 25, 2014
We submitted our event overview for AIA credits a few days ago, so I thought I'd get some more mileage out of our professional blurb-writing and share an overview with you as we get ready for "Planning Your Cooling In Critical Facilities" coming to the AHR Expo free of charge on Wednesday, January 22.
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Back 2 Basics

Building Program to Basis of Design for an Assisted Living Building Renovation Project

January 2, 2014
At some point in time, most building owners make the business decision to build, renovate, or expand their facilities.
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Case In Point

Plastic cooling towers cure hospital’s maintenance, energy cost symptoms

January 2, 2014
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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Case In Point

Kansas hospital achieves big city IAQ, efficiency

January 2, 2014
When Geary Community Hospital (Junction City, KS) underwent a $34 million expansion, it was promised a cutting-edge HVAC design that would reduce maintenance costs, increase energy efficiency, and provide unprecedented IAQ.
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Tomorrow’s Environment

When To Rebalance Chilled Water And Hot Water Systems

Health care facilities are just one example where rebalancing not only ensures environmental quality but also enhances energy usage.
November 1, 2013
There are no industry standards for rebalancing HVAC water systems, so it got me thinking about the topic and I came up with several questions pertaining to rebalancing chilled water, condenser water, and hot water heating systems.
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Patient Rooms: CFD For Better IAQ

Can a location of air return affect the flow path of airborne pathogens in a patient room? Use simulations to manage the variables and improve the design in a space that is no room for error.
November 1, 2013
Air is the primary carrier of heat, moisture, contaminants, and airborne pathogens in patient rooms, isolation rooms, and operating rooms.
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Chiller Retrofit: The Attraction Of Magnetic Bearings

With multiple expansions and projects, a DC-area hospital also had to plan for cooling that could keep up with developing demands and spaces.
November 1, 2013

When the facilities management staff of Mount Vernon Hospital completed an assessment of its central chilled water plant, it became evident that while the original chillers had served the hospital well since its opening in 1975, they were ready for replacement.


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Calculated With Care: Ventilation in Health Care Systems

A Mississippi clinic needed above-average design on a budget. The equipment was nothing unusual. However, creativity and attention to detail uncovered opportunities to fine-tune the design and exceed ventilation benchmarks for less.
November 1, 2013
Engineers’ daily challenges include calculations for outside air, supply air, and return or exhaust air flows — all while balancing mandated code requirements with owners’ expectations for performance, equipment first-cost, and future energy costs.
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Case In Point

∆T is for Texas: upgraded valves and a good cleaning attack hospital’s chilled water symptoms

August 29, 2013
The Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX, comprises over 5 million sq ft and includes a central utility plant, steam production, and CHP capable of producing 14,800 tons of chilled water capacity.
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EVENTS

Energy Savings Methods in Health Care Facilities

9/26/13
Online

On-Demand ASHRAE 170-2008 addresses environmental control in a hospital as it relates to cleanliness, thermal comfort, and overall indoor air quality. Energy recovery has been widely focused in hospitals on the reclamation of waste heat; however, larger savings are present with the recovery of conditioned exhaust.

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When Designing an Essential Power System for Health Care, What is More Important: Patient Safety or Financial Outcomes?

10/29/13
Online

On-Demand The answer might surprise you?
Code provides for the minimum standard of care required for the design of a hospital. Is the minimum appropriate for your facility? What is the decision process for good design? Patient Safety? Capacity for continued operation of major profit centers? Regional influences?

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Cx Energy 2014

4/21/14
Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa
2300 Paseo Verde Parkway
Henderson, NV
United States
Contact: Ed Armstrong

2014 NFPA Conference & Expo

6/9/14
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
United States
Contact: Lorraine Carli
The 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Monday, June 9 through Thursday, June 12, 2014. Read More

32nd West Coast Energy Management Congress

6/25/14
Washington State Convention Center, Halls 4D-F
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA
United States
Contact: Ashley Clark
The West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) is the largest energy conference and technology expo held on the U.S. West specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users. Read More

37th World Energy Engineering Congress

10/1/14
Washington Convention Center, Hall A
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC
United States
Contact: Brian Douglas
We invite you to be a part of the nation's largest, most active buying venue for end user energy products and services – the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC). Read More

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3/27/14 11:00 am EST

How to Calculate Backup Power Supply Requirements for Your Facility

On-Demand This webinar reviews how to determine power requirements of facility loads; electrical characteristics and impact of different types of loads such as large motors and UPS systems on power supply sizing; acceptable power sources and other constraints applied by building codes; and how software tools can be used to simplify the process of calculating backup power requirements.  

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