Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. HVAC articles below.
Think it's impossible to justify your own salary by scrimping and saving? FM Frequency Columnist Charles Carpenter suggests you think again.
TFM's Facility Executive of the Year headlines this issue, which also looks at HVAC trends, emergency preparedness, high-tech facilities, and green cleaning.
While one of the largest credit card companies in the world continued to handle it's millions of business transactions successfully, MasterCard's personnel languished due to its numerous office spaces spread throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. From the February 2003 issue.
Is there HVAC alarm monitoring and collection software out there? The goal is not only to react to the alarms as they occur, but to report on the data collected.
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...
There are many benefits to improving facility indoor air quality (IAQ). But how can facility managers get it done?
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.
School districts in Illinois are beginning to embrace the benefits of retrofitting and building new facilities with the most energy efficient HVAC available.
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.
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...
Facility management staff can detect HVAC equipment problems sooner using automated tools. Here are five options to consider.
Prior to the new rules, federal and commercial buildings had to meet requirements in the 2004 standard.
This new camera system allows for accessible and precise inspections of many types of lines, ducts, pipes, and chimneys.
This system provides an automated solution to quantify air leakage in ductwork and other areas.
An upcoming ASHRAE Standard will require facilities to create an HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) plan.
Standard 188P is aimed at helping fms apply available information to prevent this disease associated with building water systems.
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).
Throughout the year, this ceiling mounted equipment can take a load off a facility's other mechanical equipment.
Is it too much for a building occupant/tenant to expect a comfortable working environment?
This diagnostic tool detects sounds that may signify problems such as compressed air leaks and other facility issues.
Power, HVAC, and access control are vital to a data center, and the fm has responsibility for all of these areas.
A predictive maintenance program continuously monitors HVAC systems with the goal of avoiding costly breakdowns.
Numerous awards and announcements are being made during ASHRAE's 2011 Winter Conference being held this week in Las Vegas.
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).
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.
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, designer and manufacturer of spot cooling products for facilities, has launched the "Dare to Dream" $25,000 Sweepstakes. The contest runs through September 30,...
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.
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.
These mercury-free thermostats use preset electronic fixed temperature set points to maintain desired comfort settings.
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.
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.
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.