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208 or 480 Volt Service?

Posted by Joe Weagraff on in Engineering, Fundamentals

Selecting an electrical distribution voltage for a multi­-tenant commercial building is often based on prior lease agreements, previous projects, incomplete information, or intuition. Our research provides guidelines with economic justifications. Each type of service has its advantages. 208V requires less electrical equipment in the Tenant lease space and is therefore less expensive for the Tenant. […]

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TES Engineering Launches New Websites

TES Engineering Launches New Websites

Posted by Joe Weagraff on in Uncategorized

Last month, TES Engineering updated its brand with a new look, new logo, and a fresh approach to our markets and services. During our brand launch, we also created two new websites (with our buddies at Studio Graphique) to highlight our expertise and passions. Our top goal when designing the main TES website was to […]

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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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Double the Boiler Size and Fire the Engineer?

Double the Boiler Size and Fire the Engineer?

Posted by Dan Jackson on in Engineering

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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Color Rendering Index Across a Spectrum of Options

Color Rendering Index Across a Spectrum of Options

Posted by Kaiden Douglass on in Engineering

Color rendering is the effect of a light source on the color appearance of objects as compared to the appearance of the same objects under a reference light source. Light sources are rated using the Color Rendering Index (CRI). The CRI can range from 0 to 100, with 0 being the worst quality light and 100 […]

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