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Tips for Specifying the ‘Right’ Air Curtain

When Specifying Air Curtains, Engineers, Designers, and Contractors Must Consider Numerous Factors
For engineers, designers, and contractors, determining the right HVAC system for their commercial and industrial building projects is critically important. An air curtain may be a small part of a building’s HVAC package, but it can help turn a good building design into a great building design.


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PP-R Piping Option Offers Big Material Cost Savings

Contractor Tabs Aquatherm Blue Pipe for Boiler System Retrofit
For the retrofit of a boiler system installed in the 1960s, the contractor selected Aquatherm Blue Pipe® polypropylene-random (PP-R) piping for the job because of its flexibility and material and labor cost savings.


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TAG Mechanical Installs HVAC, Solar for Net-Zero Village Hall

Facility Is First Net-Zero Municipal Building in New York State
Mechanical contracting firm TAG Mechanical Systems Inc. announced that it provided HVAC mechanical systems and a 54 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the Skaneateles Village Hall in Skaneateles, N.Y. The facility is the first municipal net-zero energy building in New York State.


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Take the Long-Term View to a BEMS Investment

A Building Energy Management System Is an Investment in the Future
A building energy management system (BEMS) represents a significant investment, so it’s important to look beyond initial cost and specify one that is flexible, scalable, and backwards compatible in order to receive maximum value and return on investment over the long term.


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San Diego Urban Village Is Model of Energy Efficiency

Designated a ‘Smart Energy Community’ by Using Latest Technology
While Civita’s residents are still settling in, the 230-acre Mission Valley urban village is living up to its promise to become a model of sustainability and energy efficiency.


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Ventilation Solution Slashes Development’s Energy Bill by 30 Percent

Cost to Ventilate the Property’s Garage Has Been Reduced by $59,400 a Year
Nagle Energy Solutions (NES) announced that an innovative garage ventilation system the company designed and installed at Oceanview Village, a large urban development in San Francisco, cut the entire annual electric bill by 30 percent.


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Induction Beams: Engineered Comfort for Today’s Buildings

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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PCACS Reinvents Its Inventory Tracking

HVAC Firm Gains Significantly Improved Inventory Control
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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NREL Adds Eyes, Brains to Occupancy Detection

High-Accuracy Sensor Can Save on Lighting and HVAC
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has developed and made available for license the image processing occupancy sensor (IPOS), which combines an inexpensive camera and computer vision algorithms that can recognize the presence of human occupants.


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The Fuel Cell Market Has Great Potential - or Not

Fuels Cells for Stationary Applications Have Been Touted for a While
In checking The NEWS archives, we began regularly writing about fuel cells in the year 2000. Although they have not had a major impact yet, there have been a number of announcements in the last several months that may finally indicate the emergence of fuel cells as a significant factor.


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