Managing Facilities http://hpac.com/taxonomy/term/13641/more en 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 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 Shale-Gas Production Trumps Market Disrupters http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/shale-gas-production-trumps-market-disrupters <div class="field-byline"> By TOD W. SHERMAN, TYBEC ENERGY, LITIZ, PA. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Natural-gas prices are likely to remain stable into the foreseeable future </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If you are planning an HVAC-system retrofit for a customer this summer, your life-cycle analyses will have one more constant than in years past: the price of natural gas. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/shale-gas-production-trumps-market-disrupters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/shale-gas-production-trumps-market-disrupters#comments Managing Facilities Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:06:00 +0000 8481 at http://hpac.com Maintaining A/C-System Performance With UV-C http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/maintaining-ac-system-performance-uv-c <div class="field-byline"> By FORREST FENCL, UV Resources, Santa Clarita, Calif. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Ultraviolet light proven effective for restoration and continuous maintenance of coils </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As air-conditioning equipment ages, its ability to maintain adequate space temperatures and humidity levels declines. Often, the culprit is reduced coil heat-transfer effectiveness, or the ability of air-handling-unit cooling coils to remove heat from air. Evidence shows this drop in performance can occur within five years of startup.</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/air-conditioning/maintaining-ac-system-performance-uv-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/air-conditioning/maintaining-ac-system-performance-uv-c#comments Air Conditioning Managing Facilities Silver Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:13:00 +0000 8111 at http://hpac.com Reducing Energy in Older (Not Just) Health-Care Facilities http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/reducing-energy-older-not-just-health-care-facilities <div class="field-deck"> Balance of efficient technologies and modified occupant behavior is needed </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Lighting, HVAC, and hot-water heating account for 60 to 80 percent of the electricity and even more of the natural-gas consumption of hospitals. Given the number and size of these facilities throughout the United States, modest improvements in efficiency can save a great deal of energy resources.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/reducing-energy-older-not-just-health-care-facilities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/reducing-energy-older-not-just-health-care-facilities#comments Managing Facilities Mon, 04 Mar 2013 19:07:00 +0000 7681 at http://hpac.com Timing Is Key When Purchasing Energy http://hpac.com/archive/timing-key-when-purchasing-energy-0 <div class="field-byline"> TOD W. SHERMAN, TYBEC ENERGY, LITIZ, PA. </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>Purchases can be made too soon, too late, or just right</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Everyone is familiar with the saying, “Timing is everything.” It is true that most endeavors benefit from proper and deliberate timing, and energy procurement is no exception.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/archive/timing-key-when-purchasing-energy-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/archive/timing-key-when-purchasing-energy-0#comments Managing Facilities Archive energy Is Key purchasing Timing When Tue, 02 Oct 2012 20:10:00 +0000 4273 at http://hpac.com O&M the Key to Keeping Green Buildings Optimized http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/om-key-keeping-green-buildings-optimized <div class="node-body article-body">After a building has been optimized, proper operations and maintenance (O&M) becomes the tool that will enable it to sustain its best performance. As might be expected, as building systems become more efficient and more tightly controlled, they also become more complex. In turn, so does O&M. Therefore, this column assumes that everyone understands the importance of general maintenance of equipment to maximize its lifespan, optimize efficiency, and minimize operating costs. In green buildings, however, it often is necessary to go beyond the proverbial "boxes."</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/om-key-keeping-green-buildings-optimized" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/managing-facilities/om-key-keeping-green-buildings-optimized#comments Managing Facilities Wed, 01 Aug 2012 16:00:00 +0000 3513 at http://hpac.com The Importance of Drain-Water Tempering http://hpac.com/archive/importance-drain-water-tempering <div class="field-byline"> BY NICK TALLOS, THERM-OMEGA-TECH INC., WARMINSTER, PA. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Water exceeding 140°F compromises pipe integrity, imperiling personnel, property </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Water exceeding 140°F compromises pipe integrity, imperiling personnel, property</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/archive/importance-drain-water-tempering" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/archive/importance-drain-water-tempering#comments Managing Facilities Piping / Pumping Archive Sun, 01 Jul 2012 16:00:00 +0000 3834 at http://hpac.com How Long Will Energy Prices Stay Depressed? http://hpac.com/archive/how-long-will-energy-prices-stay-depressed-0 <div class="field-byline"> TOD W. SHERMAN, TYBEC ENERGY MANAGEMENT SPECIALISTS INC., LITITZ, PA. </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>Like humans, energy resources can have complicated relationships</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Natural-gas prices in March reached a new 10-year low, and they aren’t likely to go anywhere in a hurry. Record production of shale gas, coupled with the fourth-mildest winter on record, are keeping energy prices down.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/archive/how-long-will-energy-prices-stay-depressed-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/archive/how-long-will-energy-prices-stay-depressed-0#comments Managing Facilities Archive hpac.com/columns Sun, 01 Apr 2012 16:00:00 +0000 4492 at http://hpac.com Selecting a Mechanical Engineer for Green Projects http://hpac.com/archive/selecting-mechanical-engineer-green-projects <div class="field-byline"> MICHAEL D. HAUGHEY, PE, HBDP, CEM, LEED AP; SILVERTIP INTEGRATED ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS; WESTMINSTER, COLO. </div> <div class="field-deck"> <p>This individual may be the most vital cog in sustainability projects, so choose wisely</p> </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The services provided by mechanical engineers are crucial to the success of sustainable or "green" projects. It is vital to select a qualified professional or firm that will complement your project team.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://hpac.com/archive/selecting-mechanical-engineer-green-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://hpac.com/archive/selecting-mechanical-engineer-green-projects#comments Managing Facilities Archive hpac.com/columns hpac.com/green Wed, 01 Feb 2012 17:00:00 +0000 4456 at http://hpac.com