Back 2 Basics
June 2, 2014
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.Read More
When newer technologies or techniques meet older codes written for an earlier version of engineering reality, the losers are the users and occupants.
June 1, 2014
Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC is quickly taking over market share of the industry for commercial buildings.Read More
When you’re a student working with toxic chemicals, jarring alarms are not exactly a desired part of your process.
June 1, 2014
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.Read More
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.Read More
“Think Globally, Design Locally” could’ve been the slogan for this opportunistic design on the Maine coast.
February 28, 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.Read More
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?
February 1, 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.Read More
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.Read More
December 23, 2013
A big thanks for taking a minute and stopping by the new blogRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More