With commercial structures certified under the LEED rating system, owners/operators tend to assume they simply can “set it and forget it.” Such an approach is inherently flawed, as the performance of all buildings “drifts,” or degrades, over time....More
The USGBC released “LEED in Motion: Venues,” which highlights efforts to transform the environmental, social, and economic footprint of convention centers, sports venues, performing-arts centers, community centers, and public-assembly spaces....More
The 2017 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) broke three show records: overall attendance, exhibit space, and visitors. Here is your guide to some of what you may have missed.
Effective March 16, earners of ASHRAE’s Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certification will receive recognition by U.S. government agencies for contracts requiring energy-audit services....More
Recently, I needed to ask my friend Rob Tanner, a Florida attorney who is board-certified in construction law, for legal advice. Even if you’re not in Florida, you may find some of what Rob has to say helpful, so I interviewed him for this post....More
The USGBC recently announced the top 10 states for the LEED green-building rating system, an annual ranking highlighting states that made significant strides in sustainable-building design, construction, and transformation over the previous year.
1945 marked the end of World War II. Advertisements appealed to veterans returning home, those who had kept the home fires burning in their absence, and businesses working toward a more peaceful economy. Graphics were strong, bold, and direct....More
During its 2017 Winter Conference Jan. 28 in Las Vegas, ASHRAE recognized outstanding achievements in building design in the areas of occupant comfort, indoor-air quality, and energy conservation as part of its 35th Technology Awards program.
It is inevitable: Over time, your facility’s HVAC will break down or require an upgrade. When that time comes, you must decide whether to refurbish, retrofit, or replace equipment. In the case of fan-coil systems, each option has pros and cons....More
Factors limiting the use of computational fluid dynamics have been lengthy modeling and setup time, expensive software licenses, and extensive training requirements. These challenges are being overcome with a new generation of cloud-based software....More
The one and only steam sterilizer at Stony End Home for the Aged is water-logged; if it shuts down, clinic operations will come to a screeching halt, with the next-closest medical facility more than two hours away. Luckily for Facilities Manager Thatcher “Thatch” McGowan, his old pal Johnny Tundra is only a phone call away.
This article discusses generator selection, pump selection, consideration of system expansion and makeup, and stress analysis and piping layout for a recently completed high-temperature-hot-water- (HTHW-) plant expansion at George Mason University....More
Data breaches and other cyber crime cost companies billions each year worldwide, and the damage to brand reputation can be incalculable. Since hackers look for weakly defended systems to attack, this paper presents 5 cybersecurity “best practices” to mitigate system vulnerabilities. Some are commonsense measures like effective password management; others involve securing open ports and other access points, software upgrades, user management, and vulnerability plans....More
A top priority for higher education institutions is to provide a competitive learning environment for their students. In order to succeed, they must address outdated, aging campus facilities. In these older buildings maintenance and operations costs are high, space utilization is inefficient and poorly managed, and current technology is lacking. This white paper explores four strategies for converting campus facilities into a network of smart buildings that address the needs of current and future students....More