When the rock band R.E.M. introduced its 1987 album, "Document"” to the world, one song stood out and quickly became, in my opinion, one of its most remarkable hits. The song, "It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)," is known for its quick-moving, stream-of-consciousness rant with a number of diverse political and historical references.
As I write this, the month of December is just getting under way and the year of 2011 is just about wrapped up. It’s a year that saw a lot of change, a year that, in some cases, didn’t rise to the level of our expectations and in other cases, simply surprised us.
Energy efficiency, environmental stewardism, "green" HVAC—we've been writing a lot about these topics, and you've been reading about them for several years now. Much of the focus on energy efficiency began as a way to stem our dependency, as a nation, on foreign energy sources (oil), but slowly evolved into a need to reduce the very negative impact of industrialization and carbon emissions into our atmosphere.
Replacement intermittent-pilot ignition controls A new group of intermittent pilot ignition (IPI) controls offer an expanded replacement lineup. The four new controls, which can be used with intermittent-pilot boilers, furnaces, and other heating ...
Once upon a time, in the early days of the 20th century, man built things to last. Commercial and residential buildings were constructed with stone or brick and roofed in slate. Until fairly recently, nobody thought of them as being "green." Now, there is talk circulating among architects and builders who praise such old buildings with regard to the envionmental benefits of working with them.
Motor soft starter The PSE soft-starter family uses two-phase torque control and features built-in class selectable electronic overload, built-in bypass, and an LCD display. It is suitable for all common applications, including centrifugal pumps, fans, ...
Seismic-bracing products This new line of fire-sprinkler seismic-bracing products includes structural attachments, pipe attachments, pipe restraints, and accessories. All products are UL-listed, FM-approved, or both. Fire-sprinkler seismic-bracing ...
Smart Grid is an international phenomenon that is mostly about upgrading the energy infrastructure—from how energy is produced, transmitted, and distributed to how it's used. The "smart" part is the use of intelligent devices that allow utilities to manage the grid more efficiently.
From Manhattan to San Francisco, the commercial building infrastructure is aging and many building owners wrestle with how they will maintain them. They’re trying to spend dollars carefully in an effort to balance profits with tenant retention and property value.
Excellence in engineering—a concept that isn't new, not by a long shot, but something that rarely is recognized outside of academic and association/society circles. And though many engineers remain tied to societies and universities, the work they do every day for clients rarely is recognized in a national forum.
I suppose the key to all of this is the energy plan. In a nutshell, isn’t that exactly what we do in the commercial marketplace everyday? And the minute we, as an industry, think we have it all figured out, something changes: the law, the economy, the technology, the tools, the processes we use, everything.