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Design/Construction Process

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Tomorrow's Environment

Doing The Right Thing

Pointing out design flaws isn’t easy, but engineers must apply their best assessments for the building owner.
April 1, 2014
The other day, a colleague of mine mentioned to me that she was taking on a project where others in her company were not happy.
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Commissioning

Remote System Readiness Verification

As technology advances, the pre-functional checklist is becoming a thing of the past.
April 1, 2014
When I started building systems commissioning 25 years ago, it did not take long to figure out that more was needed to confirm that the commissioned systems were complete and ready for testing than just the general contractor’s word for it.
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Tomorrow's Environment

Prepare And Complete An HVAC Project Closeout Punch List

It’s nobody’s favorite part, but the road to performance goes through this paperwork.
March 1, 2014
This is the fourth and final column on preparation and completing specific consulting engineering tasks that are traditionally covered in the design engineering firm’s consulting fee.
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Tablet As Building Engineering Tool, Part 4: Operations & Maintenance

Analytics to workorder management, energy audits to light meters — the spectrum of apps for facility engineering tasks continues to get wider and more versatile.
March 1, 2014
“Collaboration is unavoidable.”
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Motor Selection HVAC Design

Who actually specified that motor? Did they keep the entire system in mind or were they simply specifying one component at a time? And will that spec require over-speeding the motor?
March 1, 2014
Often, an HVAC system is designed by the selection of individual components and not by a whole-system approach
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Commissioning

Unsampled Systems

Choosing not to sample every system can be a gamble, but here are some ways to lower your risk.
March 1, 2014
Over the past two months, this column has addressed the issue of sampling systems for field functional performance testing
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Tomorrow’s Environment

Preparing For And Assisting In System Startup

When it’s time to flip the switch, design engineers must be present to ensure proper system design.
February 1, 2014
Many consulting engineers will tell you that time invested in the construction phase is beyond their scope of work and, of course, the fee has been all used up and “we can’t afford to waste our time” with equipment and associated system startup.
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Commissioning

Functional Performance Test Sampling

So you’ve decided on your sample size. What next? What happens when a system failure is found?
February 1, 2014
Last month, this column addressed the need for (and philosophy behind) sample testing certain systems when 100% functional performance testing (FPT) is impractical from a time and/or budget perspective.
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Back 2 Basics

Building Program to Basis of Design for an Assisted Living Building Renovation Project

January 2, 2014
At some point in time, most building owners make the business decision to build, renovate, or expand their facilities.
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Commissioning

Functional Performance Test Sampling

Testing it all typically isn’t an option. How to determine what (and how many) to check?
January 2, 2014
In the standard commissioning process, there are two primary technical activities that occur on site at the end of construction and prior to systems acceptance by the owner.
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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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Cx Energy 2014

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

Efficient, High Performance Buildings for Developing Economies

4/24/14
Manila
Philippines
The design, construction and operation of energy efficient, high performance buildings in developing economies have been identified by the building industry and policymakers as a key area where technology, standards and other activities are needed Read More

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

ASHRAE 2014 Annual Conference

6/28/14
Seattle, WA
United States
The Conference addresses broad topics in the application of technology to practice, specific applications in ground source heat pumps, O&M and indoor environmental quality, as well as new reports on research taking place worldwide. Read More

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

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3/25/14 2:00 pm EST

Improving Cooling and PUE in Existing Data Centers

On-Demand This webinar will provide cost-effective practical tips and feasible retrofit solutions that can be implemented in operational data centers to address some cooling issues and improve energy efficiency.

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