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HVAC | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

Five of the top six winning projects of the 2011 ASHRAE Technology Awards are located in Canada; the lone U.S. facility is in Kansas City, MO. These ASHRAE awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design. Winning projects are selected from entries earning regional awards. Following are summaries of the […]

ASHRAE Announces Technology Awards

ASHRAE Announces Technology Awards

Five of the top six winning projects of the 2011 ASHRAE Technology Awards are located in Canada; the lone U.S. facility is in Kansas...

Indoor Air Quality Trends: Take A Deep Breath

There are many benefits to improving facility indoor air quality (IAQ). But how can facility managers get it done?

Tricks Of The Trade: Following Up On HVAC Trends

TFM Columnist Jim Elledge assists a graduate student in need of the latest information on cutting edge HVAC technologies. Former Tricks Columnist Elledge, facility/office services manager for Dallas, TX-based Summit Alliance Companies, is the recipient of the Distinguished Author Award from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), is an IFMA Fellow, and is a member of TFM’s Editorial Advisory Board.

The HVAC Factor: Greening Schools, One HVAC Step At A Time

School districts in Illinois are beginning to embrace the benefits of retrofitting and building new facilities with the most energy efficient HVAC available.

October 2011 Issue (Volume 24, Number 10)

Water conservation measures are no longer the stuff of science fiction books or disaster films. The pressure is on for large consumers to cut back.

New Product Flash: Thermal Comfort Tool, Version 2 from ASHRAE

An updated tool from ASHRAE provides a user-friendly interface to predict thermal comfort, based on the Society’s standard for thermal environmental conditions. ASHRAE Thermal Comfort...

The HVAC Factor: Heading Off Trouble With Technology

Facility management staff can detect HVAC equipment problems sooner using automated tools. Here are five options to consider.

Standard 90.1-2007 Established as National Reference Standard for Federal, Commercial Buildings by DOE

Prior to the new rules, federal and commercial buildings had to meet requirements in the 2004 standard.

New Product Flash: SeeSnake® microDrain™ D65S Inspection Camera System by RIDGID®

This new camera system allows for accessible and precise inspections of many types of lines, ducts, pipes, and chimneys.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: PAN200 Series Duct Leakage Tester From TSI

This system provides an automated solution to quantify air leakage in ductwork and other areas.

The HVAC Factor: Preventing Legionella

An upcoming ASHRAE Standard will require facilities to create an HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) plan.

ASHRAE Standard On Legionellosis Open For Comment

Standard 188P is aimed at helping fms apply available information to prevent this disease associated with building water systems.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Do Clothes Make The Man Hotter Or Cooler?

Comprehensive data exists on western clothing insulation values, but little research exists on non-western. Having information on attire like saris could influence the design of ventilation and air-conditioning systems to provide the best thermal comfort for occupants.


a song about OSHA safety training is also well on its way to becoming a viral YouTube hit. Marshall Carroll of Winnipeg has taken it upon himself to come up with a song about OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM).

The HVAC Factor: High Volume, Low Speed Fans

Throughout the year, this ceiling mounted equipment can take a load off a facility's other mechanical equipment.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: The War Of The Thermostats

Is it too much for a building occupant/tenant to expect a comfortable working environment?

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Marksman Master Kit By Spectronics

This diagnostic tool detects sounds that may signify problems such as compressed air leaks and other facility issues.

FM Issue: Today’s Data Center

Power, HVAC, and access control are vital to a data center, and the fm has responsibility for all of these areas.

The HVAC Factor: Preventing Equipment Failure

A predictive maintenance program continuously monitors HVAC systems with the goal of avoiding costly breakdowns.

ASHRAE Recognizes Outstanding Achievements

Numerous awards and announcements are being made during ASHRAE's 2011 Winter Conference being held this week in Las Vegas.

Building Codes Council Votes To Up Efficiency By 30%

Building officials from across the nation voted to support gains in the energy efficiency of building energy codes at the Final Action Hearings for the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Equipping Artistic Expression

Aggreko, a global company specializing in rental power, cooling, heating, and oil-free compressed air, recently played an integral part in what could have been an explosive piece of artwork.

ASHRAE Competition Gives Students Practical Experience

Engineering practices such as building information modeling (BIM), geothermal, and combined cooling, heating, and power were highlighted in the winning entries in the 2010 ASHRAE Student Design Competition.

MovinCool $25,000 Sweepstakes Open

MovinCool, designer and manufacturer of spot cooling products for facilities, has launched the "Dare to Dream" $25,000 Sweepstakes. The contest runs through September 30,...

ASHRAE Publishes Update to Principles of HVAC

The new resource contains the most current ASHRAE procedures and definitive, yet easy to understand, treatment of building HVAC systems, from basic principles through design and operation.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Heat By Design Picture Heater Product Line

The Heat by Design convective picture heater uses a patented carbon fiber heating element system that is embedded behind the image. The flat carbon fiber elements safely increase the temperature of medium sized rooms by 3° to 7° F.

NEW PRODUCT FLASH: Accustat Independence By PSG Controls

These mercury-free thermostats use preset electronic fixed temperature set points to maintain desired comfort settings.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Penetrations Through Standing Seam Metal Roofs

While penetrations on these roof types can sometimes be avoided, mounting essential rooftop equipment and ancillary mechanicals will be successful when certain guidelines are followed.

ATAS Awarded For Part In Green Project

The manufacturer of metal roofing and wall and ceiling panels was honored by the state of Virginia with a 2009 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award in April.

FM Issue: Life Cycle Cost Analysis: An Asset Management Strategy

Facility professionals would do well to continue managing their buildings with an eye toward ensuring they are leveraging every aspect in a manner that contributes to the business.

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