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ARTICLES

Lab Results: Big (And Sometimes Fewer) Changes

When you have to individually go verify whether 128 air curtains meant to ensure air balance in the original design’s branch ductwork are still there or not, you’re not having an easy time of it.
April 1, 2014
One of the worst-performing buildings I’ve had the pleasure to study was a 375,000-sq-ft laboratory building at a Midwest university.
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Seawater Warms Up Marine College Building

“Think Globally, Design Locally” could’ve been the slogan for this opportunistic design on the Maine coast.
February 1, 2014
Geothermal and VRF components, along with a key design revision and even an underwater heat exchanger, buoyed this project as it sailed toward a flexible and sustainable finish.
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Trust But Verify

After 40 years and other engineering studies, a large university building still suffered from humidity problems. Our intrepid author dug into the data and the dark corners of the building in pursuit of the culprit — or culprits?
January 25, 2014
Sebesta Blomberg was commissioned to study a humidity problem for a 400,000–sq-ft library at a university in the Midwest a few years ago.
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Connecting New Boilers To Old Pipes

Combustion air, ventilation, piping, expansion tanks … with these and other factors affecting performance and safety, the boiler swap is not exactly a plug-and-play situation.
January 2, 2014
Designing a commercial boiler replacement where you were not the original designer or installer might have some hidden dangers that could haunt you for years.
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Editor’s welcome (also, ES notes an award-winning alumnus)

December 23, 2013
A big thanks for taking a minute and stopping by the new blog
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Net Zero Near The River

A 70-structure campus at the top of the Mississippi has been in need of a serious retrofit. We join this major project in progress, studying not only the design selections but the tradeoffs and sacrifices along the way.
August 29, 2013
The University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories is one of the regions premier inland biological field stations.
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The (Cost) of DOAS/Radiant

If a design team is lucky, it faces a system choice between “good” and “very good.” However, it’s not always simple to tell which is which.
August 29, 2013
Engineers are rethinking the standard engineering design paradigm, using lifecycle cost analysis (LCCA) to compare system alternatives that fulfill the same functional requirements but differ in terms of initial and operating costs.
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Case In Point

Engineers turn outdated warehouse into LEED Gold college facility

August 2, 2013
When Randolph Community College in Asheboro, NC, went looking for a new educational facility, they looked in the most unlikely of places
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Case In Point

Mixed-flow impeller brings real-world results to lab retrofit

July 1, 2013
The old saying goes, “Killing two birds with one stone.” But what if you could kill six with one stone? That’s what Abdul Momen, associate director of maintenance and operation for the facilities department at Georgia State University, aimed to accomplish at the school’s 216,000-sq-ft Natural Science Building.
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A Study In Chilled Water System Retrofits

With fluctuating energy prices, Loma Linda University searched for a cooling solution that would benefit the sprawling campus. Three different thermal energy storage systems were analyzed to find the best fit.
July 1, 2013
Founded in 1905, Loma Linda University (LLU) in Loma Linda, CA, is a growing educational health-science institute and medical center.
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EVENTS

Cx Energy 2014

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

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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Engineered Systems Magazine

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2014 April

Check out the April 2014 issue of Engineered Systems, with features on backup power supply requirements, cyberattacks, and much more!

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