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Every other issue, industry experts write about timely topics regarding maintenance/operations strategies; equipment and service trends; and overall concerns related to HVAC and facility management.
The recently updated ACR standard from NADCA advises facility managers, and their contractors, on best practices.
Temperature control was crucial for a research facility in North Carolina. From the October 2013 issue.
As an alternative to rectangular ducting, this approach is a more efficient delivery system when conditions are suitable. From the August 2013 issue.
In Oakland, CA, an office building reduced energy use (and occupant complaints) with a retrofit to its pneumatic equipment. From the June 2013 issue.
Proper temperature and debris buildup are two areas to focus on for plant efficiency. From the April 2013 issue.
Even when HVAC/R systems are operated efficiently, there is always room for improvement. The following 10 suggestions may help.
This heating and cooling strategy enables facility managers to implement tighter control on energy use and occupant comfort.
By installing this type of equipment, facility managers can meet (or exceed) required outdoor air ventilation rates without increasing energy consumption.
In education facilities, acoustical considerations can impact learning.
Changes to cooling tower operation and maintenance are one way to conserve this resource.