The HVAC Factor: New Life For An Aging Chiller Plant
Completed in December 2014, this renovation project serves as an example of how a historic utility plant can be improved to address significant elements and concerns.
The HVAC Factor: Executive View of Preventive Maintenance
A summary report of HVAC service provides insight that is useful to repair and replace plans.
The HVAC Factor: Insulation For Chilled Water Piping
With hot, humid climates as the focus, several types of chilled water pipe insulation were field tested.
HVAC Factor: Data Center Operations
Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is a metric for tracking systems efficiency. But, there’s more to measure in the data center.
The HVAC Factor: Systems Get A Break
At the University of Baltimore, a new facility features passive heating and cooling, and natural ventilation.
The HVAC Factor: Hybrid Operating Rooms
As with traditional operating rooms, HVAC systems are crucial to the success of these emerging healthcare spaces.
The HVAC Factor: Double Duty
HVAC systems may be the key to providing occupants with mobile connectivity in a facility.
The HVAC Factor: Keeping Cool, Safely
For facilities that handle hazardous items, indoor air quality and comfort are challenges.
The HVAC Factor: Standard Maintenance
The recently updated ACR standard from NADCA advises facility managers, and their contractors, on best practices.
The HVAC Factor: Keeping Steady With Geothermal
Temperature control was crucial for a research facility in North Carolina. From the October 2013 issue.
The HVAC Factor: Spiral Round Ductwork
As an alternative to rectangular ducting, this approach is a more efficient delivery system when conditions are suitable. From the August 2013 issue.
The HVAC Factor: Wireless Thermostat Conversion
In Oakland, CA, an office building reduced energy use (and occupant complaints) with a retrofit to its pneumatic equipment. From the June 2013 issue.
The HVAC Factor: Boiler Maintenance
Proper temperature and debris buildup are two areas to focus on for plant efficiency. From the April 2013 issue.
The HVAC Factor: Thinking “Inside The Box”
Even when HVAC/R systems are operated efficiently, there is always room for improvement. The following 10 suggestions may help.
The HVAC Factor: Variable Refrigerant Flow
This heating and cooling strategy enables facility managers to implement tighter control on energy use and occupant comfort.
The HVAC Factor: Energy Recovery Ventilation
By installing this type of equipment, facility managers can meet (or exceed) required outdoor air ventilation rates without increasing energy consumption.
The HVAC Factor: How Does That Sound?
In education facilities, acoustical considerations can impact learning.
The HVAC Factor: Reducing Water Consumption
Changes to cooling tower operation and maintenance are one way to conserve this resource.
The HVAC Factor: Solar Hot Air
This technology reduces the energy other facility systems must expend for space heating.
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.