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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: Keeping Them Under Control, Part 3

Don’t let this trio of developments throw you off your game.
I will close out 2014 with this final column about how to avoid excessively long commissioning action lists (CALs).
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District Chilled Water Systems Design: A Tale Of Two Footprints

Circumstances converged to construct a pair of plants on campus in a short timeframe. However, these projects weren’t identical twins by any means: different needs, locations, and other factors drove some major differences, from cooling towers to standby power.
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: Keeping Them Under Control, Part 2

Some coordinated drudgery up front will prevent unwanted drama on the back end.
This month’s column is a continuation of my September and October columns regarding excessively long commissioning action lists (CALs). I will continue exploring the multiple reasons why the CAL might get out of hand, who might be responsible, and what the commissioning professional might do about it.
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BACK 2 BASICS

Building Program To Basis Of Design For An Office Space Tenant Retrofit Building Project

The majority of, if not all, office buildings will go through a series of office space retrofits over the course of time
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

Advice For First-Time Managers

Draw your map, and help others draw theirs.
Several years ago, I wrote book titled Managing People In The HVAC/R Industry, and in it, I dedicated a chapter to those who take on the challenge of being a first-time manager.
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Designs That Integrate — Applying ASHRAE 90.1

Luxury retail, data centers, retrofitted corporate space … they all had to meet 90.1. From lighting upgrades to custom coils on a factory chiller, explore specifics while absorbing the message to increase team integration earlier in the process.
ASHRAE 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings, has served as a benchmark for both new and retrofit commercial building design for the last 35 years and continues to lead today’s sustainably minded business culture.
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: Keeping Them Under Control, Part 1

Schedules can get out of control for several reasons. What’s to be done to prevent or minimize the fallout?
Last month, this column introduced the concept of an “excessively long” commissioning action list (CAL).
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

Dress For Success

What you wear says a lot about who you are.
Back in 1975, John T. Molloy wrote a book titled Dress for Success.
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Controllers: Reliable Controls

Reliable Controls has released the MACH-Pro1 and MACH-Pro2, fully programmable, BACnet® building controllers (B-BC). The MACH-Pro1 is designed for mid-sized rooftop equipment or small mechanical room applications, while the MACH-Pro2 provides expanded capabilities ideally suited to large, MS/TP rooftop equipment and mid-sized mechanical room applications.


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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

Leaving A Legacy

Who does that? Don’t rule yourself out too quickly.
If you are one of the fortunate ones to have had the opportunity to work in the building industry throughout your career, you probably don’t think you can or will leave a legacy for others to benefit from being in this business.
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EVENTS

Industry

2015 AHR EXPO

1/26/15
McCormick Place Convention Center
Chicago, IL
United States
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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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