Clark's Remarks http://hpac.com/blog/9271/feed The thoughts and musings of Lawrence (Larry) Clark, principal of Sustainable Performance Solutions LLC. en Recognizing HVAC Engineering Heroes http://hpac.com/blog/recognizing-hvac-engineering-heroes <div class="node-body blog-body">Recently, IEEE Spectrum published an article titled “Where Are Today’s Engineering Heroes?” The author’s premise is that, in a hero-worshipping society, professional modesty gets you nowhere.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/recognizing-hvac-engineering-heroes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/recognizing-hvac-engineering-heroes#comments Air Conditioning Heating IAQ & Ventilation Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:41:00 +0000 13511 at http://hpac.com <p>stokkete/iStock/thinkstock</p> Fracking, Thermal-Energy Storage, Sea-Level Rise, Legionella Revisited http://hpac.com/blog/fracking-thermal-energy-storage-sea-level-rise-legionella-revisited <div class="node-body blog-body">Just over a year ago, “Clark’s Remarks” premiered on this Website. To commemorate, I thought it would be fun to look back at the past year’s topics and see if there have been any new developments. Not surprisingly, there have been.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/fracking-thermal-energy-storage-sea-level-rise-legionella-revisited" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/fracking-thermal-energy-storage-sea-level-rise-legionella-revisited#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:52:00 +0000 13421 at http://hpac.com Smart Cities: Bringing Together Technology, Government, and Society http://hpac.com/blog/smart-cities-bringing-together-technology-government-and-society <div class="node-body blog-body">If asked to name the city in North America that has more than 20 universities offering engineering and technology curricula, is home to more than 100 software companies and computer manufacturers (including such household names as Intel and Oracle), and graduates some 7,000 engineers a year, how would you answer?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/smart-cities-bringing-together-technology-government-and-society" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/smart-cities-bringing-together-technology-government-and-society#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:05:00 +0000 13261 at http://hpac.com <p>agencyby/istock/thinkstock</p> “Smart” Water Valves http://hpac.com/blog/smart-water-valves <div class="node-body blog-body">Several of my clients recently installed water-cost-reduction valves (sometimes referred to as “smart” valves) in their commercial irrigation and/or potable-water systems. Considering I previously posted about water—particularly, the water consumed by HVAC systems—and various new/emerging products and technologies, an introduction to these valves seemed appropriate in spite of the fact they are NOT water-conserving devices.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/smart-water-valves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/smart-water-valves#comments Piping / Pumping Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 09 Jun 2014 23:45:00 +0000 13081 at http://hpac.com Thermoacoustic Air Conditioning http://hpac.com/blog/thermoacoustic-air-conditioning <div class="node-body blog-body">In 2002, ice-cream manufacturer Ben & Jerry’s funded research at Penn State University to develop an environmentally friendly in-store ice-cream-storage cabinet using thermoacoustics.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/thermoacoustic-air-conditioning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/thermoacoustic-air-conditioning#comments Air Conditioning Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 27 May 2014 18:30:00 +0000 13031 at http://hpac.com Solar Air Conditioning http://hpac.com/blog/solar-air-conditioning <div class="node-body blog-body">In response to my Nov. 26 post, “Niche Products in the HVAC Industry,” I received several requests for information about the solar direct-expansion air conditioning I mentioned.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/solar-air-conditioning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/solar-air-conditioning#comments Air Conditioning Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 13 May 2014 16:20:00 +0000 12881 at http://hpac.com Climate Change and Air Conditioning http://hpac.com/blog/climate-change-and-air-conditioning <div class="node-body blog-body">Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report titled “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.” Regardless of your opinion on climate change, some of the report’s findings are particularly relevant to our industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/climate-change-and-air-conditioning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/climate-change-and-air-conditioning#comments Air Conditioning Clark&#039;s Remarks Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:27:00 +0000 12681 at http://hpac.com <p>Ian Waldie, Getty Images&nbsp;</p> The Customer Isn’t Always Right http://hpac.com/blog/customer-isn-t-always-right <div class="node-body blog-body">How do we influence building owners and operators without just telling them they’re wrong?</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/customer-isn-t-always-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/customer-isn-t-always-right#comments Archive Clark&#039;s Remarks Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:27:00 +0000 12601 at http://hpac.com HVAC and Cloud Computing: More Similar Than You Think http://hpac.com/blog/hvac-and-cloud-computing-more-similar-you-think <div class="node-body blog-body">If you are like me, at some point, you have had a “Microsoft moment” and lost some important document or file on your computer because—in spite of all the warnings—your computer was not backed up properly.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/hvac-and-cloud-computing-more-similar-you-think" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/hvac-and-cloud-computing-more-similar-you-think#comments Air Conditioning Heating IAQ & Ventilation Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:36:00 +0000 12441 at http://hpac.com Getting What You Pay For http://hpac.com/blog/getting-what-you-pay <div class="node-body blog-body">Replacing equipment with the lowest-priced option may cost more in the long run.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/clarks-remarks">Clark&#039;s Remarks</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/getting-what-you-pay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/getting-what-you-pay#comments Air Conditioning Building Controls Fire / Smoke Heating Humidity Control IAQ & Ventilation Motors / Drives Piping / Pumping Clark&#039;s Remarks Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:04:00 +0000 12351 at http://hpac.com