HVAC Design/Construction Process

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ARTICLES

Countdown To Netzero

The federal push toward break-even building energy is real, and the clock is ticking. The public sector will be flocking toward forward-thinking designs (and designers) like never before — prepare to rule more of the roost, or lay an egg.
By Kevin Dickens, P.E.
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Chickens. I have been thinking a lot about them recently.
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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.
By Mike Kaler
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“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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COMMISSIONING

Beware Of Single-Mode Balancing Reports

System success depends on a well-rounded TAB procedure.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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Proper air and water balancing is critical to HVAC system performance.
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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.
By Timothy Coyle, P.E.
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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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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.
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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Third-party troubleshooting review of problematic HVAC installations can be a profitable business if done correctly.
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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.
By Rebecca Thatcher Ellis, P.E.
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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

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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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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Back 2 Basics

Building Program To Basis Of Design For A Renovated College Student Union New Building Project

By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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At some point in time, most college or university building committees are given the responsibility to establish a building upgrade program to enhance their campus and attract the interest of potential future students.
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Variable Refrigerant Flow vs. Buildng Codes

When newer technologies or techniques meet older codes written for an earlier version of engineering reality, the losers are the users and occupants.
By Marcia Karr
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Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC is quickly taking over market share of the industry for commercial buildings.
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Tomorrow's Environment

Third-Party Peer Review

It’s not a job for everyone, but follow these steps and you’re on your way to success.
By Howard McKew, P.E., C.P.E.
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Third-party peer review can be a profitable business if done correctly both technically and professionally.
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EVENTS

Engineering a Total Approach to Gas Monitoring in a Commercial Building

9/12/13
Online

On-Demand As building owner's become more focused on operation of their building, in lieu of first cost, the opportunity for growth in the energy recovery wheel market has been steady.

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Energy Efficiency in the Data Center and the Future Role of Regulations

9/18/13
Online

On-Demand There is an evolution happening in efficient data center design. The need to maximize efficiency to offset ever increasing data center power consumption rates has led to efficient design strategies such as hot/cold aisle configurations, containment, and PUE and energy monitoring.

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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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How to Properly Design Acoustical Enclosures

12/19/13
Online

On-Demand The designs of industrial and commercial enclosures require an understanding of acoustical calculations and their functional application.

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ISH Shanghai & CIHE 2014

9/3/14
Shanghai New International Expo Centre
2345 Longyang Road
Shanghai
China
Contact: John Jiang
Backed by the success of ISH China & CIHE – Asia’s leading HVAC and sanitation event, ISH Shanghai & CIHE continues to play an important role in introducing individual heating solutions to China’s East and Central regions. Read More

2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference

9/10/14
Atlanta, GA
United States
ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA are convening this conference to improve the industry’s ability to accurately model building performance. The conference merges the IBPSA-USA SimBuild and ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conferences. 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

2015 AHR EXPO

1/26/15
McCormick Place Convention Center
Chicago, IL
United States
The world’s largest trade show exclusively for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry Read More

2015 National HVACR Educators / Trainers Conference and Policy Forum

3/15/15
Florida Hotel and Conference Center
Orlando, FL
United States

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ES Gallery: Snapshots & Systems

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9/25/14 2:00 pm EDT

Test Anxiety? Learn How and When to Test Your Standby Generator

This webinar will discuss generator reliability, testing, and troubleshooting from a practical perspective and make recommendations for a comprehensive inspection and testing program.

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