People operate spaces based on how they feel, not on energy models. The same science used by engineers when applied to define building problems is not applied to integrate the human factor. The success of this strategy is a miserably low satisfaction rate with the built environment. If society honestly desires energy efficiency from architecture, then it should not be the exclusive goal, but rather the outcome from successfully achieving the desired indoor climate.
While the basic concept and need of backup power systems has not changed, the increased likelihood of power outages has put greater reliance on backup power systems, making the their reliability more important than ever. When a utility outage occurs, the backup generator is expected to immediately start and support the load; however, even the best emergency backup power system, utilizing the highest-quality equipment, can be rendered useless if not properly maintained.
In the summer of 2014 the United Association (UA) started a new course to teach their membership the use of laser scanning equipment and related software to create highly accurate three-dimensional point clouds of existing buildings and mechanical systems for the use with BIM applications. Pat Ramirez and Erik Lambrecht were tasked to create the new course which lead to a partnership with FARO.
On Demand Learn first hand how cutting edge technology is being used in today’s everchanging MEP environment. Identify and discuss pain points in the capture and design of as-builts and how 3D laser scanning hardware and software solutions can help improve and alleviate these issues.
On Demand As the HVAC market continues to expand and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technologies continue to evolve, the demand for professionals with VRF expertise will only grow. This presentation provides thorough insight into the requirements, advantages and opportunities associated with specifying VRF systems and addresses the common misconceptions professionals may encounter in the field. Additionally, the speakers will detail VRF-specific concepts including simultaneous heating and cooling as well as how VRF fits within building industry trends such as Strategic Electrification.
On Demand In this segment of our webinar series, we will examine the issues of fuel autonomy, storage capacity, and other related topics to consider when specifying, selecting, and installing an emergency backup power system.
On Demand Operating multiple generators in parallel is a cost-effective and reliable means of providing high-capacity standby power systems for large facilities, such as data centers, hospitals, and water/wastewater treatment plants. This webinar will review the principles of parallel operation and describe how generators and their controls must be specified for successful application.
On Demand Standby generators require electrical protection against potential faults and damage. Selecting the appropriate protective devices and functions often requires striking a balance between protection and continuity of operation. Code requirements for emergency systems and health care facilities, or parallel operation with the utility, can add another layer of complexity to this topic.
On Demand Back-up power has become almost as important as primary utility service, and in many cases a necessity. This has caused a wide variety of organizations to consider adding or upgrading back-up power to their existing facilities, or including them as a requirement for new buildings. When a utility disruption occurs everyone expects the back-up generator to start and run flawlessly as long as necessary, whether for thirty minutes or 30 days. However, while simple in principle, different applications place different demands and requirements for back-up power systems.
Engineered Systems magazine’s September 2019 issue questions the need for multiple building codes that cover the same subjects, examines the dos and don’ts of power systems for critical facilities, offers tips on how to select the proper centrifugal pump circuit flow controls, and much more.