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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Pressure-Independent Control Valves

PICV technology has its benefits, but is it worth it?
On several recent projects, we have had control contractors who have promoted the use of pressure-independent control valves (PICV).
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EDITOR'S NOTE

Critical Facilities, Chicago-Style

But first, a tough contest for this month’s cover.
Gotta tell you, I’m not sure we’ve ever had three closer competitors for cover story status.
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CASE IN POINT

Older medical center wins award with modern efficiencies

When aging, outdated systems at Hardin Medical Center (HMC) provided inadequate cooling and insufficient humidity control, hospital administrators undertook a number of upgrades.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Controls For VRF Systems

Incorporating these systems with BAS can prove to be a wise choice.
One of the most interesting new HVAC trends is the use of VRF systems
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You And Your Collaboratory Creating Open Cloud Services

Your cloud and the cloud services you create for your clients on your journey to the Internet of Things (IOT) are a virtual extension of everything you have ever done in the past, with the added power of a mobile cloud services future.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Impact Of ASHRAE 90.1 On Controls And BAS Design

As states adopt more stringent energy codes, here is what you need to know.
In an effort to improve energy efficiency for commercial buildings, ASHRAE, IES, ANSI, and the DOE have been working diligently to increase the stringency of state energy codes.
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Pharma Warehouses: Two Degrees Of Separation

In pharma warehousing, two degrees can be the difference between life and death. Tailor the HVAC to the specifics of the space with the help of CFD, and pave the way to a smooth “last mile” to the user in this critical distribution chain.
“Mission Critical.” The term conjures up images of data centers populated with rows and rows of black boxes churning away, generating heat, and consuming power at an alarming rate.
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Case In Point

BMS keeps health facility’s HVAC components in check

A tough economy and scrutinized energy consumption created an ambitious plan to enlarge a mental health facility near Allentown, PA.
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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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VSD Retrofit For Lab Fume Hood Exhaust System

When you’re a student working with toxic chemicals, jarring alarms are not exactly a desired part of your process.
Control recommissioning in existing buildings presents an excellent opportunity to not only save energy, but to fix operational deficiencies and work with the building’s occupants to reduce complaints.
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