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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-story, 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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Can I Use a Curb Adapter?

Posted by Bob Schneider on in Facility Operations

A contractor or Tenant field rep calls you up and asks this question. What do you say? First off, what is a curb adapter? This definition can mean something different to everyone. Often when an HVAC unit is being replaced, the new unit does not identically match the existing curb size and drop locations. A […]

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Condensate Piping Design

Posted by Dan Jackson on in Engineering

The next time you are on the roof, take a look at your condensate drains from the rooftop air­ conditioning units. You will be surprised that many of the drain lines are broken or do not have a “trap” in the piping. Why do you need a trap on your rooftop air­ conditioning unit? Most […]

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