Construction projects are only as successful as construction meetings. The first of four parts begins to get everyone on board and on the right track.
December 1, 2013
This month and in the next three months, I will be sharing my experience pertaining to a design engineer who is responsible for the construction administration of the project he just completed the design for, with construction underway. Read More
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. Read More
Whether it’s terrorism or a natural disaster or accident, building managers must be ready for multiple “worst-case scenarios.”
September 23, 2013
Back in July 2012, this magazine published an article titled “HVAC Security Emergencies — No Terrorists Required” with very little reader response to this most serious issue.Read More
Is it time for an update or a full replacement? Here are some factors to think about when evaluating mechanical systems.
September 23, 2013
Often when we are evaluating or assessing an existing building, we are on the lookout for equipment and systems that are in poor condition or approaching the end of life.Read More
It turns out that heat stroke, difficult access to equipment, and concussion are all detriments to good maintenance.
September 1, 2013
Here are a few interesting things to keep in mind when designing an equipment room. First, these spaces usually take up 7% of the gross floor space when located within the building or on the roof.Read More
Designers with “better things to do” and shortsighted owners create obstacles for long-term efficiency.
August 29, 2013
I have a pet peeve with HVAC design engineers who do not put enough thought into a project’s contract document specification for training the client’s operation and maintenance personnel.Read More
Clean, filtered air is far from the only factor to keep in mind.
August 2, 2013
In discussing the design engineering of equipment rooms, we have already touched on chiller rooms and boiler rooms, so this month we will address air handling equipment rooms.Read More
Ventilation, noise, and fuel storage are just a few important considerations.
July 1, 2013
To continue the design engineering of equipment rooms, we move on this month from chiller plants to boiler roomsRead More
Handheld project management will soon be an expectation, not a bonus.
April 26, 2013
Here is a good idea for a frustrated HVAC person who likes to dabble with computer technology. It seems to me that now just about everyone (except me) uses a handheld device of some kind and is drawn to endless hours of using it analogous to drawing a moth to a flame to its screen.Read More
From trends that are (or aren’t) catching on, to cooking for engineers …
March 29, 2013
Pharmaceutical projects are different? Not according to several readers who responded to this column I wrote last year.Read More