Columns http://hpac.com/taxonomy/term/13581/more en HVAC Water Management: Big Changes Ahead http://hpac.com/mike-weil/hvac-water-management-big-changes-ahead <div class="field-deck"> Few Americans seem concerned about or even aware of the water shortage issue </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Federal water conservation rules will impact the commercial HVAC marketplace in a big way. Already local and state rules try to grapple with looming water shortages nationwide.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/mike-weil/hvac-water-management-big-changes-ahead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/mike-weil/hvac-water-management-big-changes-ahead#comments Mike Weil Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:26:00 +0000 12461 at http://hpac.com <p>Water is the next great frontier. With worldwide population growth, limited water supplies caused by droughts, and growing urbanization, water is becoming harder to come by. Water efficiency and the legislation that regulates it is becoming just as important as energy efficiency.</p> Paradigm Shifts and the HVAC Systems Engineering Industry http://hpac.com/mike-weil/paradigm-shifts-and-hvac-systems-engineering-industry <div class="node-body article-body">From building information modeling to integrated design and beyond, the changes sweeping through the HVAC engineering world are coming on fast and hard. Are you ready?</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/mike-weil/paradigm-shifts-and-hvac-systems-engineering-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/mike-weil/paradigm-shifts-and-hvac-systems-engineering-industry#comments Air Conditioning Mike Weil Building Controls Heating Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:39:00 +0000 12191 at http://hpac.com <p>How does a paradigm shift come about? Well it is usually the case that people start to notice ways in which a certain view or interpretation of something doesn&rsquo;t make sense. Then eventually someone takes this evidence and makes a strong argument in support of a new way of viewing or interpreting something, and this leads people to stop viewing/interpreting the issue or event in the old way and to adopt this new perspective. &mdash; from<a href="http://leminhkhai.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/paradigm-shifts-in-vietnamese-history/" target="_blank" title="HVAC industry Paradigm Shift"> Paradigm Shifts in Vietnamese&nbsp;History</a></p> Weil I'm Thinking of It: Some Thoughts on the Aftermath of the HVAC Industry's AHR Expo http://hpac.com/mike-weil/weil-im-thinking-it-some-thoughts-aftermath-hvac-industrys-ahr-expo <div class="node-body article-body">The 2014 AHR Expo had a different kind of buzz, one that focused on HVAC systems instead of products.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/mike-weil/weil-im-thinking-it-some-thoughts-aftermath-hvac-industrys-ahr-expo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/mike-weil/weil-im-thinking-it-some-thoughts-aftermath-hvac-industrys-ahr-expo#comments AHR Expo Mike Weil Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:00:00 +0000 12031 at http://hpac.com <p>Opening day of the <strong><a href="http://www.ahrexpo.com/" target="_blank" title="The Jacom-Javits Center, 2014 AHR Expo">2014 AHR Expo</a></strong> saw crowds gathering as a winter strom prepared to descend on New York City. Over the course of the week, nearly 61,000 visitors and attendees flooded the aisles in search of the latest, hotest, newest technologies for the mechanical systems industry.</p> Courtesy of the 2014 AHR Show management Cogeneration Plants for On-site Energy Distribution http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/cogeneration-plants-site-energy-distribution <div class="field-byline"> By SETH PEARCE, Southland Energy, Garden Grove, Calif. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Partnership between owner, vendor, engineer, installer, and O&M staff is crucial </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The United States’ infrastructure for power transmission and distribution is aging and, in many places, has difficulty meeting the demands placed on it. Local utility companies produce power on a large scale at a distance from sources of usage, with as much as 25 percent of the energy lost during delivery. Using the same natural resources, cogeneration plants eliminate those losses and function in excess of three times more efficiently than local utility companies.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/cogeneration-plants-site-energy-distribution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/cogeneration-plants-site-energy-distribution#comments Managing Facilities Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:33:00 +0000 11971 at http://hpac.com Welcome to our new AHR Expo Insider Coverage http://hpac.com/blog/welcome-our-new-ahr-expo-insider-coverage <div class="node-body blog-body">For mechanical systems engineers, facility engineers, and Design/Build contractors serving n the HVAC industry, this special page will provide you the latest information on everything happening at the 2014 AHR Expo before, during, and after the show.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/mikes-musings">Mike&#039;s Musings</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/welcome-our-new-ahr-expo-insider-coverage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/welcome-our-new-ahr-expo-insider-coverage#comments Mike Weil Mike&#039;s Musings Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 11521 at http://hpac.com Weil I'm Thinking of it: Who Knew How Green the Big Apple Is? http://hpac.com/ahr-expo/weil-im-thinking-it-who-knew-how-green-big-apple <div class="field-deck"> LEED buildings are just the start. Truly sustainable buildings should be the goal. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In New York City's quest for environmentally sustainable mechanical systems, LEED buildings are just the start. Truly sustainable buildings should be the goal.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/ahr-expo/weil-im-thinking-it-who-knew-how-green-big-apple" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/ahr-expo/weil-im-thinking-it-who-knew-how-green-big-apple#comments AHR Expo Mike Weil Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:49:00 +0000 11511 at http://hpac.com <p>In New York City&#39;s quest for environmentally sustainable mechanical systems, LEED buildings are just the start. Truly sustainable buildings should be the goal. Sustainability remains a major focus in the HVACR industry and this year&#39;s AHR Expo, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, adds more green to the Big Apple&#39;s quest.</p> How Did The HVAC Industry Do in 2013? http://hpac.com/mike-weil/how-did-hvac-industry-do-2013 <div class="field-deck"> 2013 was an interesting year. I look forward to the challenges and opportunites that await us in 2014. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This time last year, the country faced a fiscal cliff. We overcame that and a lot of other things in the mechanical systems industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/mike-weil/how-did-hvac-industry-do-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/mike-weil/how-did-hvac-industry-do-2013#comments Mike Weil Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:42:00 +0000 11021 at http://hpac.com The Computer in Engineering: Tool or Time Bomb? http://hpac.com/liability-amp-litigation/computer-engineering-tool-or-time-bomb <div class="field-byline"> By YIJUN “MELODY” WANG, CannonDesign, Boston, Mass. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Assessing engineers’ liability for failures resulting from computer-related errors </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Over the last few decades, engineers have become increasingly reliant on computer applications to avoid human error in the performance of complex calculations. Being overly dependent on computer programs may lead to errors itself and expose engineers to tremendous liability, however.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Influencer </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/liability-amp-litigation/computer-engineering-tool-or-time-bomb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/liability-amp-litigation/computer-engineering-tool-or-time-bomb#comments Liability & Litigation Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:30:00 +0000 11011 at http://hpac.com Pipeline Changes Keep Natural-Gas Prices Falling http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/pipeline-changes-keep-natural-gas-prices-falling <div class="field-byline"> By DOUG SNYDER; Tybec Energy; Litiz, Pa. </div> <div class="field-deck"> New infrastructure is helping America better utilize its natural-gas resources </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The way natural gas physically moves around the country is changing, and that's good news for those who like low natural-gas prices.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/pipeline-changes-keep-natural-gas-prices-falling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/pipeline-changes-keep-natural-gas-prices-falling#comments Heating Managing Facilities Silver Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:53:00 +0000 10971 at http://hpac.com Urine Power: The Wave of the Future? http://hpac.com/blog/urine-power-wave-future <div class="node-body blog-body">When it comes to sustainable energy sources, I have heard of wind, I have heard of solar, and I have heard of geothermal. But urine?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/scott-arnolds-blog">Scott Arnold&#039;s Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/blog/urine-power-wave-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/blog/urine-power-wave-future#comments Columns Scott Arnold&#039;s Blog Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:51:00 +0000 10931 at http://hpac.com