FACILITY MANAGEMENT ARTICLES
As the popularity of commercial renovations and retrofits flourishes, so does the need to find practical, cost-effective ways to restore buildings back to their original grandeur. Unlike new construction, renovations require additional planning to determine the most efficient and cost-effective ways to design, source and build.
Attracting people to work for your company is not going to be as easy as it once was, especially if the main offering comes down to dollars and cents. Millennials (those who entered the workforce around the year 2000) are looking for attributes other than higher pay in the companies they work for.
Completing a renovation or expansion to an existing facility while its operations remain ongoing is a difficult job. But by mixing creative choreography with ground rules, goals and expectations, owners and construction firms can team up make these hard jobs a little easier.
In New York City, a series of deadly outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease has become an all too common occurrence. Over the last few years hundreds have been severely sickened and dozens killed by deadly bacteria that proliferates in water systems like the cooling towers used in conjunction with large HVAC systems.
With high-energy-use equipment, an HVAC system that must run flawlessly day and night, and buildings that never go dark, the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) was one of the biggest energy hogs on the University of Maryland campus as well as one of the most difficult to make more energy efficient.
When it was time to improve the condition of a medical facility’s parking garage, owners looked for the best LED technology that would provide extended luminaire life with no compromise in performance quality. They sought to find an LED system that would both lower energy consumption and reduce maintenance.
Since 2009, the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has been implementing a multiphase energy efficiency program. The primary contractor, Johnson Controls, brought in partner Optimum Energy to perform an ESA, which proved that optimizing the chiller plants across the campus would deliver significant energy savings.
Too often, when educational facilities look to add unique or architecturally impactful buildings on campus, restrictive fire codes put a damper on designs or threaten to significantly increase costs and compromise functionality. However, Clemson University, which recently constructed a new state-of-the-art home for its 2016 NCAA championship football team, was able to rethink conventional wisdom with a radical, more flexible approach to fire code interpretations.
Scientific research labs represent a huge portion of the energy demand of a university campus: in many cases, as much as two-thirds of a campus’ energy use can be attributed to research labs. While it may seem clear that labs would be a great place to start when looking to go greener and reduce energy demand, the difficulty of doing so without sacrificing safety can often pose a roadblock.
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CleanAire HEPA and Carbon Filter Paks are designed to be mounted inline in the exhaust ducting from a fume hood or contaminant source up to 1500 cfm.
Random laser measuremets are now history thanks to the advanced technology of the Bosch BLAZE™ Outdoor GLM400C Connected Laser Measure with Viewfinder and the Bosch BLAZE™ Outdoor GLM400CL Connected Laser Measure with Camera.
LEDtronics® announces its new All-Weather, UL-Listed Filament-look LED String Lights that answer the demands for brilliant, mood-setting lighting with all the benefits of energy-efficient LED technology.
The new UV-C Fixture Installation Kit from UV Resources provides extruded aluminum vertical supports designed to speed contractor installation of Ultraviolet Germicidal Lamps in HVAC/R systems.
To safeguard the health of building occupants, nearby personnel and even individuals innocently passing nearby, HVAC professionals that install chiller systems with cooling towers are seeking solutions that reduce the chance of spreading the potentially deadly Legionella bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease.
Air curtain manufacturer Powered Aire Inc. announces its newest innovation – the Auto-PILOT™, an intelligent, factory programmed touchpad that replaces mechanical controls needed for air curtain operation.