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HVAC

A Proven Approach to Optimizing HVAC Systems

The goal of optimization is to make mechanical systems work at peak effectiveness all the time. Healthcare and campus facility directors can optimize even the most demanding environments, outfitted with new or existing equipment, with a combination of energy engineering, relational control software, and a technical support platform that keeps systems at commissioned levels.

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Maintenance

Preventive Cleaning and Maintenance

Planned preventive maintenance or PPM is performed while a piece of equipment is performing well. The goal is to keep it operating well by checking, lubricating, and/or replacing any components that may cause more serious problems down the road.

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Induction

Tear Out or Replace: Replacing Aging Induction Units

Many facilities built in the 70s and 80s continue to operate and maintain aging induction-based air conditioning units originally installed in each room or space. Not to be confused with fan-driven systems, these quieter, more efficient alternatives have no fans, blowers or moving parts and so can continue to operate for decades.

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Insulation

Reducing Costs While Meeting Code-Required Continuous Insulation

Since 2007, ASHRAE 90.1 has required continuous insulation (CI) in most U.S. climate zones. Sixteen states have mandatory statewide commercial energy codes that meet or exceed that standard. California has gone even farther with its Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards. As a result, architects and contractors have had to pay additional attention to creating well-insulated building envelopes.

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Lighting

Setting the Natural Light “Gold Standard”

Daylighting not only enhances the function and beauty of these venues for students, athletes, and spectators, but also makes viewing clearer and colors truer. Functionally, studies have shown that such daylight exposure can also enhance health, energy, and mood.

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Flooring

Easy-to-Maintain Rubber Flooring Attracts Facility Managers

Floor coverings represent a significant investment in any facility, which makes caring for them an important part of a facility maintenance program. The goal of a good maintenance program is to extend the useful life of the flooring while contributing to that always-important first impression as students, parents, patients, employees and visitors enter a building for the first time.

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Trash

Cleaning, Oatmeal, Liners, and Cost Savings

Trash cans are traditionally located at every workstation in an office setting. For a small office, they may number as few as 10, all lined with plastic liners. For a large corporate center with thousands of workers, there very likely are several thousand trash cans.

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Airflow

Saving Lives and Saving Energy with Advanced Airflow Controls

While hospitals are complex environments with many facilities and human factors contributing to patient outcomes and operating costs, one system that effects both the SSI and energy cost numbers is the ventilation airflow controls.

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Safety

Did Your Cleaning Crew Forget the Sign?

The professional cleaning industry “talks” safety, but does not always “walk” safety, especially when it comes to the proper use of safety signs. Cleaning contractors and in-house cleaning professionals often forget the importance of installing safety signs.

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Energy

Score LEED® Points with CHP

Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, has a long record of providing buildings with reliable electricity, steam, and hot water with lower costs and emissions than grid-supplied electricity and an on-site boiler.

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