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Radiant Panels On Campus

This law school design story moves on from rationales for early decisions to the specific next-phase design challenges. Team effort combines with DOAS, radiant ceiling panels, DCV, and setpoint fine-tuning to maintain this case’s appeal.
Perhaps the U.S.’s largest to-date Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) coupled with radiant ceiling panel (RCP) cooling and heating mechanical system is currently under construction at the Washington College of Law at American University (Washington).
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Countdown To Netzero

The federal push toward break-even building energy is real, and the clock is ticking. The public sector will be flocking toward forward-thinking designs (and designers) like never before — prepare to rule more of the roost, or lay an egg.
Chickens. I have been thinking a lot about them recently.
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Size Matters: Trends In Standby Power Systems For Health Care Facilities

These days, designs are favoring higher total system capacities, larger generators at higher output voltages integrated into “campus-type” power distribution systems, and security. Review design approaches, lessons learned, and relevant codes.
Consolidation within the healthcare industry and the rise of regional medical centers has led to larger facilities, often spread over a large area in a campus environment.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Controls & Occupancy

Existing sensor strategies and newer lighting tech continue the battle against wasteful energy use.
Much of the energy usage in a commercial building can be attributed to systems that are operating under the assumption that the building is “occupied.”
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Building Automation

Data Analytics

Buildings offer a multitude of valuable information, but it’s no good if you can’t find it.
Buildings contain a treasure trove of data. Information is available from a broad variety of systems from HVAC and electrical to utility usage.
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Spring Tune-Up For Your BAS?

Chances are good your control system is not working to its potential. Here are some ways to fix that.
Each month in this column, we talk about the benefits of control systems and BAS.
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A Big Step With A Little Footprint

With a natatorium, a gym, and other community functions, it’s only appropriate that the Ping Tom Memorial Fieldhouse design exercised a variety of HVAC muscles
Modular heat pumps, geothermal, energy recovery, demand control ventilation, an integrated digital control system, and more stretched out the sustainability and maintained a lean energy profile to serve local residents
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Case In Point

Ice storage, solar panels a sure bet for California Lottery

When the California Lottery sought to construct new headquarters, officials wanted a location that would be both functional and save on energy costs.
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Building Automation

Controls Optimization: No Longer Optional

Updated codes continue the push for better controls work as high performance edges further into the mainstream.
At one time, it might have been acceptable to view controls as a “necessary evil” with little attention given to the details of design including sequences and commissioning
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Case In Point

Seattle office building achieves net zero energy, water

In the recently completed Bullitt Center office building in Seattle, net zero energy and net zero water initiatives have been combined with the Living Building Challenge.
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Building Innovation 2015

1/6/15
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC
United States
Building Innovation 2015: The National Institute of Building Sciences Third Annual Conference & Expo, scheduled for Tuesday-Friday, January 6-9, 2015, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., will explore Creating High-Performing Resilient Communities. During the Conference, the Institute will present an informative agenda that highlights its activities and programs for developing innovative solutions for the built environment. Read More

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