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July 25, 2012

FASTRACK Features

Smoke Control in a Non-ducted Return-air System

By JEFF ROBINSON and TODD VANGORDER, SET; Meridian Integrations; Tallmadge, Ohio

In a fire emergency, smoke and byproducts of combustion pose a far greater threat to human life than flames and heat. That is why, in modern construction, a considerable amount of attention is paid to ensuring a building is capable of limiting the spread of smoke in an emergency. Myriad systems and processes contribute to these designs. Obviously, systems that handle the movement of air play the biggest role. While an entire book could be written on this subject (and likely has been), this article focuses on a challenge common in new buildings: designing for smoke control in a non-ducted return-air system above a suspended ceiling.

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FASTRACK News

Green-Building Consultant Releases ‘Water Wars’ Video Series on YouTube

Green-building and sustainability consultant Jerry Yudelson, PE, MBA, LEED Fellow, recently released a three-part video series titled “Water Wars” on YouTube.

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ASHRAE Seeking Papers for 2013 Annual Conference

Papers on current research, core HVACR applications and systems, integrated project design, energy modeling, and building efficiency performance are sought for ASHRAE's 2013 Annual Conference, to be held June 22-26 in Denver.

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Free Webinar on Indoor-Air-Quality Monitoring Set

On Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, HPAC Engineering magazine will present a free Webinar titled "Improving Energy Efficiency and Indoor Comfort Through New Advancements in Indoor Air Quality Monitoring," sponsored by Honeywell.

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Deadline for HPAC Engineering Engineer of the Year Entries July 30

The deadline for entries for HPAC Engineering magazine's second annual Engineer of the Year award, which recognizes a mechanical engineer engaged in HVACR or building automation who has made significant contributions to his or her company and customers, the HVACR industry, and his or her community, has been extended to Monday, July 30.

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Momentum Building for Mechanical Systems Week 2012

As Mechanical Systems Week 2012, a national seminar and product showcase devoted to HVACR, hydronics, and plumbing, draws near, conference sessions and speakers continue to be added, and exhibitors and sponsors continue to come aboard.

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