International Exposition Co., owner and manager of the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), recently announced the recipients of 2017 AHR Expo Innovation Awards.
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced $29 million in funding under the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) program for projects awarded to teams at Sandia National Laboratories and The University of Utah....More
Carrier recently introduced an updated website providing easy access to training opportunities and materials for HVAC-system designers, service technicians, facility managers, and installers and educators....More
While the current installed base of district-energy systems in the United States relies on shell-and-tube and gasket-plate heat exchangers, an alternative technology is gaining in prominence: the brazed-plate heat exchanger....More
Much like its namesake—Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Treasury secretary—Hamilton College has a keen eye for finances. When administrators set out to upgrade heating and hot-water systems, they sought a local company that manufactures products that deliver lower operating costs and bring a high return on investment....More
Looking to maximize space in his Taco Bell restaurants, Bob Jenkins, owner of Charter Foods, visited Rinnai’s headquarters and assembly facility in Peachtree City, Ga., to learn more about tankless water-heating solutions....More
In 2012, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base faced the daunting task of bringing two of its central heating plants into compliance with the new MACT emission limits for boilers established by the U.S. EPA....More
In June, we reported on a U.S. Department of Energy proposal to tighten efficiency standards for commercial packaged boilers. Three months later, that rulemaking is still open. When it might be finished is difficult to say....More
This fall, warm weather is predicted across much of the eastern United States, while developing dryness and worsening drought conditions will grip the majority of the western United States, and frequent showers will result in cooler air in the Northwest....More
“How does a company maintain its success from the tail end of the 19th century all the way to the 21st?” Contractor's Steve Spaulding asks in a profile of Weil-McLain. He says it boils down to five company values....More
There is a leak at the highest reaches of the Montana state government—the kind not associated with a loose-lipped staffer, but, rather, a safety relief valve on a 40-year-old boiler. The supervisor of facilities maintenance and operations, Hank Hoovestahl, wishes the environmental guys who decided to connect the steam boiler to a newer hydronic boiler would have talked to the O&M staff first. Luckily for Hank, he does not have to ask his pal Johnny Tundra twice for help.
Advertisements in 1943 encouraged Americans to join and support the war effort. Large machines, ships, and trucks were popular visuals; unification and work were common themes. Here is a selection of advertisements that appeared in HPAC Engineering in 1943....More
Hazelwood School District includes more than 30 buildings. The HVAC systems in most of those buildings were 15 to 25 years old, and maintenance costs were rising. Tom Mangogna and his engineering staff felt there had to be more efficient systems on the market....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