HVAC Retrofits

Getting the most from what you've got, and upgrading to get even more.

ARTICLES

A Starring Role For Universal City Retrofit

A Hilton in the heart of show biz transformed into a sustainable destination hotel with the help of chiller and cooling tower overhauls and improved BAS and ventilation strategies. Don’t miss the final plot twist before the system’s big launch party.
A hotel’s success in the hospitality industry is measured by the quality and value of its guests’ experience, and that requires the hotel to deliver consistently flawless service and reliable comfort at a competitive rate.
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Old Building, New HQ: VRF In Wisconsin

An energy services company has a habit of basing its operations in buildings ready for a second chance. This time around, a zoned VRF design led to substantial electric and gas savings on top of the rewards of building conservation.
Franklin Energy Services, LLC (Franklin Energy)in Port Washington, WI, has been consulting with utilities, municipalities, and states to create energy-efficiency programs for commercial, industrial, agricultural and residential customers since 1994
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Case In Point

Energy system helps school win Battle of the Buildings

Claiborne Elementary School in Baton Rouge, LA, was the winner of the Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings
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Chiller Retrofits In Health Care Facilities

One of the worst things you can do is note the capacity and replace the chiller. Have the building loads and usage changed? What about motors and cooling towers? Consider these and your part-load realities to create real long-term improvements.
The replacement of chillers for hospitals and other health care facilities are often done out of absolute necessity, and it is often avoided for as long as possible.
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CASE IN POINT

Florida schools raise efficiency grades with ice bank technology

The St. Lucie County School District (SLCSD) in Florida was receiving failing grades when it came to energy efficiency.
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Boilers Outside The Box

O&M and upgrade tactics can make a real difference for those who decide to focus on improvements short of purchasing a new unit.
When I was young, I used to love watching magicians and was amazed how they would pull something out of what appeared to be an empty hat.
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Case In Point

Vacant high-rise finds new life with LEED design

In 1967, a 15-story high-rise was built in the heart of downtown Towson, MD.
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Lab Results: Big (And Sometimes Fewer) Changes

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.
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.
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Case In Point

Department store finds savings up on the roof

When the Dillard’s department store in Naples, FL, reached the point where its rooftop HVAC equipment was in need of replacement, company officials decided to put energy savings as the primary goal.
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Hospital Retrofits For Energy Efficiency

How many health care facilities are limping along in terms of mechanical performance but could be running better than ever with one committed round of treatment?
Our BAS columnist makes a house call to prescribe one method of applying retrofit expertise, including the success story of a hospital with mysteries or maladies that required attention in VAV and chillers, air handling strategies, OR ventilation, and beyond.
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EVENTS

Sponsored Webinar

Improving Cooling and PUE in Existing Data Centers

3/25/14
Online

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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Industry

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

Industry

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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This series from longtime columnist and chronic forward-thinker Howard McKew covers a lot of ground -- from retrocommissioning to systems training, on toward checklists for drawings and tips for meeting minutes. Click HERE to be taken to the podcast page!

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