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Double the Boiler Size and Fire the Engineer

Double the Boiler Size and Fire the Engineer

Posted by Bob Schneider on in Facility Operations

That’s an old HVAC engineer joke. Often when we’re asked to evaluate comfort problems, we find this was more than just a joke. A building’s cooling load is the rate of heat rejection required to keep it cool inside. Conversely, the heating load is the amount of added heat needed to keep it warm inside. […]

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Choose the Right Replacement Boiler

Choose the Right Replacement Boiler

Posted by Joe Weagraff on in Engineering

Your boiler needs to be replaced. It’s old and inefficient and your natural gas costs are sky rocketing. What type of replacement boilers should you look at? There are condensing, non condensing, steel or copper water tube or fire tube, to name a few, and efficiencies range from 75% to 96%. You will need to […]

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How to Choose the Right Replacement Boiler

Posted by Joe Weagraff on in Facility Operations

Your boiler needs to be replaced. It’s old and inefficient and your natural gas costs are sky rocketing. What type of replacement boilers should you look at? There are condensing, non condensing, steel or copper water tube or fire tube, to name a few, and efficiencies range from 75% to 96%. You will need to […]

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MEP Engineering Considerations for Alterations to Existing Walls, Roofs and Windows

MEP Engineering Considerations for Alterations to Existing Walls, Roofs and Windows

Posted by Joe Weagraff on in Engineering

The two questions most often raised regarding the thermal performance of changes to existing walls, roofs and windows are: We’d like to add insulation to the building, but if we do, does it have to meet code? If a window or storefront is being replaced, can we just match the existing so the look remains […]

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Central Air Adds LEED Points

Central Air Adds LEED Points

Posted by Bob Schneider on in Energy Solutions

Developers are showing increasing interest in central air conditioning for many reasons. Ideally suited for multi, multi-use dense, vertical developments, central air conditioning reduces energy use by 30–50%, helps earn LEED points, eliminates rooftop condenser “farms” that preclude green roof options and become maintenance nightmares, and generates revenue. Central air conditioning systems have smaller footprints […]

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