South Portland High School in South Portland, Maine, recently underwent a major renovation. The retrofit of the entire building envelope enabled the school to switch from a traditional steam heating system to a highly efficient hydronic one....More
At a university in northern California, a centralized system that supplied steam to heat exchangers for space and indirect domestic-water heating was operating at only 50- to 60-percent efficiency. The result was high energy bills school administrators knew they had to lower....More
During the fall of 2013, DRF Trusted Property Solutions was notified it had won the bid to retrofit the mechanical systems at Chatham Park Village Cooperative in Chicago. This was weeks after DRF thought an announcement might be made. Regardless, there was no time to waste; winter was bearing down on the city....More
With so many choices, it is important for facility owners to have at least a nodding familiarity with the various building rating systems. This article takes a look at LEED, Green Globes, ENERGY STAR, and the Living Building Challenge....More
Building owners and managers looking to find a new HVAC solution for their facility may want to think about a retrofit, according to what Peter Bush, CEO of Australian-based Aeris Environmental, told Sourceable.net.
With approximately half of a building’s energy consumption coming from HVAC, Bush said retrofitting HVAC and refrigeration systems could give buildings “dramatic” cuts in energy....More
Ron Wilkinson, a professional engineer who moonlights as a film critic, takes a look at the 1985 cult classic "Brazil" as part of HPAC Engineering’s ongoing series “HVAC in Popular Movies: Did Hollywood Get It Right?”...More
The “Internet of Things” is not some abstract, futuristic concept. Though still in its infancy, it is a reality for the HVAC industry, with the potential for capabilities and benefits that are truly awe-inspiring....More
An interesting survey from Consulting-Specifying Engineer came out earlier this month. It showed engineering firms usually earmark about $2.6 million for HVAC and BAS products for their new and existing buildings....More
Looking for the next big city for a commercial, hotel, retail, or other building investment? Finding the next up and coming city offers many advantages for investors, especially as the price of property in big cities, such as San Francisco and New York, skyrockets.
In a two-year study of the geothermal-heat-pump (GHP) and variable-refrigerant-flow (VRF) heating and cooling systems installed at ASHRAE Headquarters in Atlanta, the GHP system outperformed the VRF system by a wide margin, the Geothermal Exchange Organization says....More
Jim Spaulding of Siemens Building Technologies shares his insights on the greatest difficulties managers of federal facilities face, how to better prepare government buildings to clear those hurdles, and how an energy performance contract can support energy-conservation measures....More
We, as people, have a short-but-sweet relationship with energy. Hot water comes from our showers and sinks, is quickly heated up, and brought into our lives at a moment’s notice. However, just as quickly, that water is back down the drain....More
Facility managers and owners must run their facilities’ operations as cost-effectively as possible. Today’s advanced controls systems make that effort more successful than ever by bolstering energy efficiency, lowering costs and offering intuitive operation....More
This webinar will walk you through a systematic approach to maintaining building controls systems and the benefits that are gained through this approach, both during building startup and throughout the lifecycle....More