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Beth Israel Hospital Is New York AEE’s Energy Project of the Year

Hospital Installs Combined Heat and Power (CHP) System
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The energy efficiency project at Continuum Health - Beth Israel Brooklyn has been named Energy Project of the Year by the New York City chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).


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Btu Buddy 125: Superheat Explained - Part 2

By Bill Johnson
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Bob and Tim were on their way to a no cooling call at a residence. They were pretty sure that it was a low refrigerant call. Bob said, “I hope that we can put the last lesson into practical practice. We have gone to a great deal of trouble to understand superheat.”


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Induction Beams: Engineered Comfort for Today’s Buildings

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This article presents the induction beam, an induction terminal that has been updated for today’s buildings and applied in the ceiling plane. As we explore the induction beam system, we will compare it to the traditional variable air volume (VAV) system as well as another newcomer to the American market, the chilled beam system.


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A Narrower Definition of ‘Supervisor’ Aids Employers

Supreme Court Ruling Helps Limit Liability
By Richard D. Alaniz
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On June 24, 2013, the United States Supreme Court narrowed the definition of who qualifies as a “supervisor” for the purposes of harassment cases. This holding is a significant win for employers and affords opportunities for employers to limit their liability when harassment claims are made.


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CHP and Fog Humidification Cut Energy and O&M Costs

Army Research Laboratory Switches to More Efficient System
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The Army Research Lab (ARL) is going through a series of programs to improve its energy efficiency. One step called for installing an onsite generator and using the waste heat to replace the boiler generated hot water. But the boiler was also producing steam to humidify some of the laboratory’s clean rooms.


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HVACR Tips: Making Terminal Connections

Make Proper Connections to Avoid Problems
By Leo A. Meyer
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Loose electrical connections to motor terminals can cause voltage drop, overheating, and a chance of fire. For three-phase motors, a loose connection can cause single phasing — which will damage the motor.


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PCACS Reinvents Its Inventory Tracking

HVAC Firm Gains Significantly Improved Inventory Control
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Professional Cooling and Control Systems (PCACS) provides commercial facilities with high-performance building automation controls and HVAC services. For years, PCACS used an informal approach to tracking inventory. But this resulted in several major issues that cost PCACS valuable time and money.


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How Do I Sell?

By Greg Mazurkiewicz
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Sales is what drives every business. If you don’t sell anything, you don’t make any money. If you don’t make any money, you don’t stay in business. That’s not Business 101. It’s more basic than that. It’s Business 100. You have to make a buck to keep the doors open.


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Variable-Speed Pumps Reduce Energy Use

Ultrasonic Flow Meters are Key to Controlling Energy Management
By Jack Sine
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Hemant Mehta’s WMGroup must be doing something right because his team has been fine-tuning HVAC systems for the same major New Jersey pharmaceutical company since 1984. The latest improvement involved the upgrading of the chiller systems at the company’s 100-acre research and development campus.


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Relying on a Service Professional for Professional Service

Even Do-it-Yourself HVAC Projects Can Benefit from Professional Help
By Jerry Mannen
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The best way to avoid costly HVAC system repairs is to perform regular preventive work, and, while most work is best left to the professionals, some things can be performed without the assistance of a service professional. 


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