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Combating Light Pollution

Combating Light Pollution

Posted by Mike Ruff on in Engineering

Light trespass and light pollution are on the front burner of many municipalities in the U.S. due to the perception of wasted energy or impingement upon usage options of neighboring properties. There are new codified ordinances that restrict exterior light levels, pole heights, pole locations, lamp type/wattage, or watts/sq ft. The USGBC offers a Light […]

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Comfort Issues: Get the Correct Correction

Comfort Issues: Get the Correct Correction

Posted by Bob Schneider on in Facility Operations

Many spaces on the same HVAC system experience comfort issues: Either it is too hot, too cold, or sometimes a mixture of the two. If a client asks you about this type of problem, airflows are likely to be the cause—but calling a contractor to perform an air balance isn’t the first step of the […]

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Closed Loop Water Treatment

Closed Loop Water Treatment

Posted by Bob Schneider on in Engineering

In a central plant system, there are two types of water piping loops: closed and open. An open loop is from the chiller to the cooling tower. As the water flows through the tower, it is open to the atmosphere. Because of evaporation at the cooling tower, city water is introduced to replace the evaporated […]

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Controlling Odors from Restaurant and Food Court Tenants

Controlling Odors from Restaurant and Food Court Tenants

Posted by Joe Weagraff on in Engineering

Restaurant and Food Court Tenants require specialized odor control methods in addition to general recommendations. The exhaust system design is key. The right amount and location of make­up air is critical to the capture and exhaust of cooking odors. In addition, the tenant’s exhaust hood should extend a minimum of six inches past the edge […]

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Prevent Cigar Shop Odor

Prevent Cigar Shop Odor

Posted by Joe Weagraff on in Tenant Coordination

In addition to standard odor control methods such as sealing walls properly with the correct type of primer and paint, and caulking around wall penetrations, the following recommendations help prevent odor complaints from this type of tenant: Construct the space using washable wall and ceiling surfaces. Utilize Smog­Hog odor eliminators, which range from several charcoal […]

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