The HVAC Factor Columnist
With hot, humid climates as the focus, several types of chilled water pipe insulation were field tested.
Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is a metric for tracking systems efficiency. But, there’s more to measure in the data center.
At the University of Baltimore, a new facility features passive heating and cooling, and natural ventilation.
As with traditional operating rooms, HVAC systems are crucial to the success of these emerging healthcare spaces.
HVAC systems may be the key to providing occupants with mobile connectivity in a facility.
For facilities that handle hazardous items, indoor air quality and comfort are challenges.
The recently updated ACR standard from NADCA advises facility managers, and their contractors, on best practices.
Temperature control was crucial for a research facility in North Carolina. From the October 2013 issue.
As an alternative to rectangular ducting, this approach is a more efficient delivery system when conditions are suitable. From the August 2013 issue.
In Oakland, CA, an office building reduced energy use (and occupant complaints) with a retrofit to its pneumatic equipment. From the June 2013 issue.
Proper temperature and debris buildup are two areas to focus on for plant efficiency. From the April 2013 issue.
Even when HVAC/R systems are operated efficiently, there is always room for improvement. The following 10 suggestions may help.
This heating and cooling strategy enables facility managers to implement tighter control on energy use and occupant comfort.
By installing this type of equipment, facility managers can meet (or exceed) required outdoor air ventilation rates without increasing energy consumption.
In education facilities, acoustical considerations can impact learning.
Changes to cooling tower operation and maintenance are one way to conserve this resource.
This technology reduces the energy other facility systems must expend for space heating.
School districts in Illinois are beginning to embrace the benefits of retrofitting and building new facilities with the most energy efficient HVAC available.
Facility management staff can detect HVAC equipment problems sooner using automated tools. Here are five options to consider.
An upcoming ASHRAE Standard will require facilities to create an HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) plan.
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