Articles Tagged: HVAC

Keeping up with the Evolution of Buildings Part 2 – Buildings of Today

In my previous post, I talked about the technologies that transformed buildings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here, we’ll look at the state of today’s facilities and… Read more »

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Wasted Time and Energy: The Unnecessary Burden on Hospitals

Hospitals never close. Employees, patients, and visitors come in and out 24/7. The power driving that constant activity must be reliable and always on. Not only must hospitals provide essential… Read more »

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The Need for Updating

Aging Facilities Part 1: Demanding Tenants Driving Building Modernization This is the first blog in a series of four that discuss the challenges of aging buildings, including the demands of… Read more »

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EcoStruxure – The Backbone of a Smart Building Strategy

We’re in midst of a revolution in the way buildings are run. Occupants want more control over workspaces than ever before and live by the “there’s an app for that”… Read more »

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A BEMS Benefit: HVAC and Electrical Cooperation

In my last post, I talked about how software and BEMS can make a building more comfortable and its occupants more productive. Here I’m going to discuss how a building… Read more »

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Putting the “smart” in HVAC will make everyone’s lives better

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is impacting all industrial applications, and HVAC is no exception. It is a new, large, and complex topic for OEMs. The technology is arriving… Read more »

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Making Semiconductor Production More Energy Efficient

In my last blog, I wrote about how protecting critical electrical supplies in semiconductor fabrication plants is vital to ensure continuous manufacturing operations . Quality chip manufacturing depends on a… Read more »

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16 Best Practices for Inspecting Your Building’s Valves and Actuators

We’ve talked before about the importance of valves to your building’s HVAC system. We’ve also highlighted six energy-wasting valve problems. I think the next logical step in this series is to… Read more »

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Solved: 6 Energy-Wasting Building Control Valve and Actuator Problems

In my previous post, I talked about how many facility managers do not perform a detailed review of their building control valves and actuators, despite the critical role these devices… Read more »

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Is the School Building BMS Ready for School To Begin?

As the last days of summer pass all too quickly, students everywhere are readying themselves for the first day of school. The annual ritual usually involves a checklist that details… Read more »

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What is the answer for Healthcare security today, with crime on the rise?

The rise of crime and violence is hospitals is staggering. 91% of all reported crimes in US Hospitals in 2010 had doubled since the last survey in 2004 by the… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Condenser Fan Pak Helps Wring More Efficiency Out of Air-cooled Chillers

If you’ve got an older, not-so-efficient air-cooled chiller that’s responsible for cooling your building, Schneider Electric is coming out with a new product that may be just up your alley…. Read more »

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How to Turn your Telco Facility into a Revenue Driving Data Center in Just Days

Of the many changes that have adversely affected the telecommunications industry over the last several years, one has actually created tremendous opportunity. The transition to new technology has created open… Read more »

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A kW saved is greater than a kW burned

The transition from hydrocarbon fuel sources to renewable energy sometimes overlooks the “fifth fuel”: energy efficiency. Two-thirds of energy is lost in the generation and transmission of electricity. Reducing demand… Read more »

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Strategies to Reduce HVAC Costs in Data Centers

For facility managers looking to save energy in data center operations, the first target is the HVAC system. Several strategies are worth considering as data centers are being designed. One… Read more »

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What’s Driving Innovation in the HVAC Market?

Like many other markets, digitalization, mobilization and cloud technologies are driving innovation in the HVAC software and applications market. These three trends are impacting both the organization as a whole… Read more »

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Imperial Units or Metric? Time for mechanical and electrical engineers to talk the same language.

How many hogheads to a fathom? A hogshead is a unit of volume representing the inside of a wooden cask.  It equals roughly 66 imperial gallons if used for wine,… Read more »

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Learn What Makes for an Energy Efficient HVAC System at Energy University

Any facilities manager or data center operator knows that cooling accounts for a large chunk of annual operating expenses. It only makes sense, then, to understand how to build and… Read more »

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COP Calculation and Monitoring in HVAC Application

Part 1:  Basics & Traditional method (with sensor) COP stands for Coefficient Of Performance and indicates the efficiency of heating and cooling machines. The COP is defined by the ratio… Read more »

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Can physical environment big data make a big difference in your hospital?

Today’s healthcare facility managers face a myriad of challenges. As budgets and headcount shrinks, they are being asked to do more with less. This includes addressing variable operating expenses, managing… Read more »

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Want Holistic HVAC and a More Effective BMS? Think Field Devices

With apologies to Aretha Franklin, it’s time to show valves, actuators and sensors a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. These control devices are the key to a holistic heating, ventilation and air conditioning… Read more »

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A kW saved is greater than a kW burned

The transition from hydrocarbon fuel sources to renewable energy sometimes overlooks the “fifth fuel”: energy efficiency. Two-thirds of energy is lost in the generation and transmission of electricity. Reducing demand… Read more »

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Better Sustainability with BEMS – a Building Energy Management System

What do Germany’s Siemens, Korea’s LG Electronics, and America’s Abbott Laboratories have in common? All are identified as industry group leaders in the latest Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. This is… Read more »

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Go with the Flow to Select the Right Valve

Sometimes you have to go with the flow. When it comes to fluids, it’s the job of a valve to make things go or stop. But, valves do more than… Read more »

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Do You Know the Obvious Weakness Hiding in Your Building Management System?

An effective building management system (BMS) requires vigilance, since the BMS is only as healthy as the equipment and sensors that compose them. If these devices fail, so does your… Read more »

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Learn What Makes for an Energy Efficient HVAC System at Energy University

Any facilities manager or data center operator knows that cooling accounts for a large chunk of annual operating expenses. It only makes sense, then, to understand how to build and… Read more »

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Mobile Storage in Industrial Automation Applications

In our modern life style we are using different kinds of mobile storage to cover our daily needs during trips between home and work, university, gym, business travels, vacations, etc.  For instance,… Read more »

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Can physical environment big data make a big difference in your hospital?

Today’s healthcare facility managers face a myriad of challenges. As budgets and headcount shrinks, they are being asked to do more with less. This includes addressing variable operating expenses, managing… Read more »

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What’s Driving Innovation in the HVAC Market?

Like many other markets, digitalization, mobilization and cloud technologies are driving innovation in the HVAC software and applications market. These three trends are impacting both the organization as a whole… Read more »

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COP Calculation and Monitoring in HVAC Application

Part 1:  Basics & Traditional method (with sensor) COP stands for Coefficient Of Performance and indicates the efficiency of heating and cooling machines. The COP is defined by the ratio… Read more »

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