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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    How Evidence-Based Design Practices Could Aid Facility Operations

    In health care, evidence-based design is usually associated with new construction. But the approach is inherently well-suited to facility operations. The problem is that people don't think of buildings as an experiment. They don't consider that there may be adjusting or adapting that can be done. Evidence-based design is not...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    How To Inspect Built-Up Roofing Systems

    Maintenance and engineering managers have specified Built-Up Roofing (BUR) systems on institutional and commercial facilities for years, seeking durability and flexibility. But to ensure BUR systems deliver these and other benefits to their organizations, managers must ensure front-line technicians maintain them properly. A properly managed and coordinated quality-assurance inspection program...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Roof Retrofits: Strategies For Membrane, Base Flashing Installation

    Rolls from most Built-Up Roofing (BUR) membrane manufacturers have chalk lines printed on the felt. The inspector should check these factory-installed chalk lines during installation to make sure the installer does not sway outside the appropriate lines during installation. Doing so might result in a multi-ply membrane installation that does...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    The Benefits Of VFDs In HVAC Systems

    One of the most successful energy management tools ever applied to building HVAC systems is the Variable Frequency Drive (VFD). For more than 20 years, VFDs have successfully been installed on fan and pump motors in a range of variable load applications. Energy savings vary from 35 to 50 percent...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Designing A More Energy Efficient Data Center

    As with commercial building projects, creating sustainable data centers requires integrating ideas and objectives for building systems and sharing a vision with all of the project's stakeholders from day one. Success in achieving sustainable goals is driven by sensible decisions made early in facility programming, when the sizing of HVAC...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Where Is The Best Place To Install Temporary HVAC Equipment?

    One of the most important steps is determining the installation site for the temporary equipment. Central boilers and chillers tend to be large units. In most applications, mechanical rooms do not have sufficient space to house the temporary equipment and the equipment it is replacing. Ideally, the temporary equipment would...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Steps For Implementing A Support Structure For Temporary HVAC Equipment

    Once managers have identified the critical loads and the HVAC equipment that serves those loads, they must take steps to implement the support structure for the temporary equipment. That support structure must be specific to the application. The first step is to determine the size of the equipment technicians will...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Three Door Installation Problems To Avoid: Air Balancing, Legal Issues And Design Challenges

    Though code enforcement and problems with security systems are two of the most common problems when it comes to new door installations, those aren't the only things that can go wrong. Problems with air balancing, poor coordination and even legal issues can arise if facility executives aren't careful. This paper...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Avoiding Door Installation And Code Compliance Problems

    Few things can cause facility executives more headaches than the poor planning and execution of openings. From costly change orders to inadvertently locking occupants in a facility, for something as deceptively simple as a door, there is a litany of possible errors. When problems arise, facility executives often have only...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Good, Better, Best: The Many Ways To Green A Building

    Signs that global economies are in early stages of recovery means many building owners will be looking for ways to re-energize sustainability efforts. But with the volume of new construction projects at low ebb - and likely to stay there for several years - facility executives should look to existing...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Variable Frequency Questions? The Best Applications For VFDs

    The most commonly used motor in building HVAC applications is the three-phase, induction motor, although some smaller applications may use a single-phase induction motor. VFDs can be applied to both. While VFD controllers can be used with a range of applications, the ones that will produce the most significant benefits...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    How To Select The Most Appropriate Lift

    Most facilities present front-line technicians with a host of hard-to-access job sites for maintenance and engineering tasks. The challenge facing managers is finding the right piece of equipment to bridge the gap. Aerial work platforms, or lifts, come in an array of sizes and styles, including telehandlers, scissor lifts, telescope...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    BAS And Enterprise Systems

    Today's competitive business environment is finding more building automation systems supplying crucial operations information to corporate IT networks or enterprise systems. As a result, facility executives may find themselves navigating a computer maze, as CEOs ask for real-time information about energy pricing or equipment operations. The rewards are great. Real-time...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Proper Design Improves Roof Longevity

    What is the best roof system? Facility executives contemplating a roofing project probably ask themselves that question on a daily basis. Although there are strong opinions from all sectors of the industry on that matter, the truth is that there is no one answer. Each building is different, and the...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Focus On Roofing Materials And Workmanship To Improve Longevity

    Not all roof materials are the same and not all materials are suitable for all buildings. This is reflected in cost and through material comparison. Long-term roof performance requires quality materials. Minor economic savings in material costs could result in premature roof failures or shortened service life. The types of...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    BAS Promotes Trending And Preventive Maintenance Practices

    The impact of the Building Automation System (BAS) goes beyond reduced energy use and utility savings. It also relates to productivity and worker efficiency. For example, the BAS streamlines troubleshooting activities by allowing technicians to trend areas to analyze the indoor environment more accurately. The BAS also directly affects the...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    LEED-EB Offers Guidance On How To Create A Green Cleaning Program

    Understanding the Green Seal and ISSA programs will greatly help facility executives who are aiming for LEED-EB certification. LEED-EB certification is significantly different from those two programs because it covers not only cleaning but also such areas as water use, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. It is important to...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    The Benefits Of High-Performance Buildings

    Some facility executives associate the term high-performance green buildings with energy efficiency, while to others the words bring to mind collaboration among architects, engineers, and designers. Other facility executives think of operating performance, integrated design, incremental costs and tenants. All of the descriptions are correct. There is no one right...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    The Three Types Of Air Filters

    The air-filtration industry has seen its share of changes over the last decade. Manufacturers have created new products that not only have improved Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) but also have reduced the cost of installing and operating air-filtration equipment in commercial and institutional facilities. Besides technology improvements, industry organizations are...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    HVAC's Impact On IAQ And Energy Efficiency

    When it comes to IAQ, a battle exists between HVAC systems that improve efficiency and those that produce a comfortable indoor environment. All filters cause some pressure loss as air flows across the filter media. The longer a filter has been in use, the greater the pressure loss because build-up...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Green Flooring Choices: What's Old Is New

    Go back 20 years and flooring choices were pretty cut-and-dry. An office space meant carpet, and carpet meant broadloom. For resilient flooring - the hands-down choice in schools and hospitals - the choice was usually between two types of vinyl: sheet vinyl or, for tighter budgets, Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT)....

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Proper Maintenance And Specs Lead To Roofing Sustainability And Longevity

    What makes a roof sustainable? That might seem to be a simple question, but the reality is that a range of factors has to be considered to determine whether a roof can truly be considered sustainable. Is the roof made from recycled content and can it be recycled? Does it...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    The Growing Integration Of Enterprise Systems And BAS

    Facility executives have long complained that top managers don't pay enough attention to facility issues. Unless something goes wrong, senior executives seem uninterested even in information about energy use, though that is a cost that is readily controllable. Developments in building automation technology are changing that picture. In a growing...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Standing-Seam Metal Roofs Provide Anchor For Rooftop Equipment

    Standing-seam metal roofing systems have proven to be a durable, sustainable, reliable, environmentally responsible option for institutional and commercial facilities. Unfortunately, the process of mounting rooftop equipment and ancillary mechanicals can sabotage this high-tech option and the maintenance freedom it offers maintenance and engineering managers. Regardless of the roof type,...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Standing-Seam Systems: Follow Rules For Handling Penetrations

    Installing HVAC and plumbing vents often requires penetrating the roof membrane. The soil stack must carry gases from inside, and the HVAC unit must move inside air out, outside air in, or both. Consequently, holes in the roof are inescapable. The challenge is to waterproof the holes while maintaining the...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Windows And Thermal Performance

    It's a common misconception that if windows allow more light into a facility, they will automatically permit more heat to enter the space, too. With new spectrally selective glazings or glass (low-e is one example), it's possible to control the amount of heat without sacrificing light transmittance. It's even possible...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Energy Audit Can Determine Pump-System Performance

    The pumps in an institutional or commercial facility can account for up to 10 percent of the building's overall energy use. Given that figure, proper pump and system maintenance is crucial to ensure effective and efficient operation, both to curtail energy use and improve indoor environmental quality. Pump effectiveness refers...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Steps For Selecting Replacement Motors

    Electric motors account for about 50 percent of annual electricity use in many institutional and commercial facilities. Since any reduction in energy use can translate into major savings, motor upgrades have become a primary focus of the efforts of maintenance and engineering managers seeking to reduce energy use and utility...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Infrared Cameras Can Detect Thermal Bridging, Air Leaks, Wet Insulation

    Although air movement transports cold air into a building and forces warm air out, thermal bridging through the wall system also can increase the load on the mechanical system. Thermal bridging consists of temperature gradients through components, such as cold, exterior air cooling a window frame, which then cools interior...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Managers Need To Identify Common Air-Leak Paths

    New and existing buildings are notorious for leaks. Moisture within the building envelope can migrate to the interior of the system, damage components, and reduce insulating values. In terms of air leaks, openings in the building envelope result in direct energy loss. Implementing an inspection and maintenance program that incorporates...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Lighting Upgrades: Opportunities In Existing Buildings

    Energy-efficient lighting generally is considered the easiest, most profitable investment compared to other energy-saving building systems. Lighting upgrades in commercial and institutional facilities generate an average project payback period of a little more than two years, with a 45 percent return on investment, according to the Energy Cost Savings Council....

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Sustainable Restrooms: Match Products To Facility Needs

    How much could end users and their facilities benefit from learning more about specifying restroom products with sustainability in mind? If you ask some manufacturers of these products, the answer is more. Much more. Obviously, managers are the in-house experts on all matters related to the daily challenges of maintenance...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Roofs At The Green Frontier

    The latest iteration of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED system, LEED 2009 version 3, has re-weighted credits to prioritize strategies that will have the most effect on addressing climate change by increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. LEED serves as a framework for facility executives to consider...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Sustainable Roofing: New Era, New Issues

    A decade ago, discussions about any organization's strategies to control energy use rarely involved roofing systems. But times - and priorities - have changed. Managers now need to understand the impact a roofing system will have on their facilities' cooling and heating loads before making the final specification decision. In...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Sustainable Roofing Options Demand Unique Maintenance Activities

    Regular inspection and timely repairs have long been mainstays of roofing system maintenance, but because roofs are playing a greater role in many organizations' long-term strategies, including energy management, maintenance that extends their performance is increasingly essential. As systems evolve, so do their maintenance requirements, and manufacturers are beginning to...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Should Managers Replace Systems Using R-22?

    One option managers have when considering the impact the R-22 phaseout will have on facilities is system replacement. Most systems now being manufactured run on refrigerants that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Replacing existing R-22 systems would solve managers' refrigerant supply issues. Managers should not enter the process of buying...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    R-22 Being Phased Out, Not Eliminated

    Changes are coming to building HVAC and refrigeration systems. As a result of new environmental regulations, manufacturers are ceasing production of refrigerant R-22 for use in new HVAC and refrigeration equipment. Manufacturers will be able to produce a restricted amount of the refrigerant for use in existing units, but they...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Cooling: Assess Overall Heat Gain To Calculate Loads

    Computer and telecommunications equipment in server rooms present maintenance and engineering managers with unique challenges in providing efficient cooling. The challenges are due in large part to the critical nature of operations in these areas. By accurately determining cooling loads, understanding options for equipment purchase and rental, and preparing for...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    What The Restroom Communicates About Your Building

    Like it or not, your restrooms tell a story. Often the stories are unintentional. Grimy restrooms signal that management is indifferent to employee welfare. Using vinyl instead of tile on the wet wall raises questions about the organization's financial health - especially as maintenance problems develop. Still, the restroom is...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Listen Up: Consider How Acoustics Can Complement Green Designs

    The rewards of building green have been well documented. But here's one that's not often considered: acoustics. Quieter HVAC and elevator systems, improved isolation from thermal and acoustical nuisances, and environmentally responsible acoustical materials are examples of how green and acoustical goals can complement each other. But, first, a few...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2008

    Operable Windows Can Save Energy

    An issue that facility managers will face when considering replacement windows is whether to make them operable. The problem is that building occupants want operable windows, while those who are responsible for the building's operation do not. The reasoning on both sides is straightforward. Occupants want the natural ventilation and...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2008

    Go Green: Avoid Competing System Interactions

    A building with low-e glass should see lower heating and cooling bills. But low-e glass raises the first cost of the building. And for many buildings, the promise of lower energy costs isn't enough to justify increasing the construction budget. Suppose the mechanical engineer and architect sat down with the...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2007

    Building Envelopes: Putting Up Barriers To Air Leaks

    All buildings leak air. The difference between buildings is the amount of air leakage. Air infiltration and exfiltration through the building envelope - walls, roofs, windows, etc. - can be problematic for a building, due to water leaks, condensation formation within walls, drafty interior conditions, varying interior temperatures, energy loss,...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Green Flooring Choices: What's Old Is New

    Go back 20 years and flooring choices were pretty cut-and-dry. An office space meant carpet, and carpet meant broadloom. For resilient flooring - the hands-down choice in schools and hospitals - the choice was usually between two types of vinyl: sheet vinyl or, for tighter budgets, Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT)....

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    How Evidence-Based Design Practices Could Aid Facility Operations

    In health care, evidence-based design is usually associated with new construction. But the approach is inherently well-suited to facility operations. The problem is that people don't think of buildings as an experiment. They don't consider that there may be adjusting or adapting that can be done. Evidence-based design is not...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2003

    Electric Charges Up Close

    Controlling the cost of electricity is more than just minimizing consumption. An understanding of the rates charged by utilities might uncover ways to cut costs that would never otherwise be obvious. Most facility executives glance at monthly electric bills and, if they seem about right, pass them on to accounting...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2004

    Boardroom Connections

    It may not be every facility executive's worst nightmare, but a complaint from the organization's president about a problem in a building is, at a minimum, high on the list of headaches. Whether a call like that sets off alarm bells in the facility executive's brain, or is basically one...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Roofs At The Green Frontier

    The latest iteration of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED system, LEED 2009 version 3, has re-weighted credits to prioritize strategies that will have the most effect on addressing climate change by increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. LEED serves as a framework for facility executives to consider...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Standing-Seam Metal Roofs Provide Anchor For Rooftop Equipment

    Standing-seam metal roofing systems have proven to be a durable, sustainable, reliable, environmentally responsible option for institutional and commercial facilities. Unfortunately, the process of mounting rooftop equipment and ancillary mechanicals can sabotage this high-tech option and the maintenance freedom it offers maintenance and engineering managers. Regardless of the roof type,...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Standing-Seam Systems: Follow Rules For Handling Penetrations

    Installing HVAC and plumbing vents often requires penetrating the roof membrane. The soil stack must carry gases from inside, and the HVAC unit must move inside air out, outside air in, or both. Consequently, holes in the roof are inescapable. The challenge is to waterproof the holes while maintaining the...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Proper Maintenance And Specs Lead To Roofing Sustainability And Longevity

    What makes a roof sustainable? That might seem to be a simple question, but the reality is that a range of factors has to be considered to determine whether a roof can truly be considered sustainable. Is the roof made from recycled content and can it be recycled? Does it...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Proper Design Improves Roof Longevity

    What is the best roof system? Facility executives contemplating a roofing project probably ask themselves that question on a daily basis. Although there are strong opinions from all sectors of the industry on that matter, the truth is that there is no one answer. Each building is different, and the...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    How To Inspect Built-Up Roofing Systems

    Maintenance and engineering managers have specified Built-Up Roofing (BUR) systems on institutional and commercial facilities for years, seeking durability and flexibility. But to ensure BUR systems deliver these and other benefits to their organizations, managers must ensure front-line technicians maintain them properly. A properly managed and coordinated quality-assurance inspection program...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Roof Retrofits: Strategies For Membrane, Base Flashing Installation

    Rolls from most Built-Up Roofing (BUR) membrane manufacturers have chalk lines printed on the felt. The inspector should check these factory-installed chalk lines during installation to make sure the installer does not sway outside the appropriate lines during installation. Doing so might result in a multi-ply membrane installation that does...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Sustainable Roofing: New Era, New Issues

    A decade ago, discussions about any organization's strategies to control energy use rarely involved roofing systems. But times - and priorities - have changed. Managers now need to understand the impact a roofing system will have on their facilities' cooling and heating loads before making the final specification decision. In...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Focus On Roofing Materials And Workmanship To Improve Longevity

    Not all roof materials are the same and not all materials are suitable for all buildings. This is reflected in cost and through material comparison. Long-term roof performance requires quality materials. Minor economic savings in material costs could result in premature roof failures or shortened service life. The types of...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    Lower Your Energy Bills With Cool Roofs

    Managers specifying a cool roof only a few years ago found a limited number of product options. Now, based on the growing demand in part by institutional and commercial facilities, managers can choose from among hundreds of cool products. By reducing the amount of heat transferred to a building's interior,...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    Cool Roofs Reject Heat, Lower Cooling Loads

    The availability of viable and energy-efficient cool roofing products has expanded greatly in recent years. Building owners and managers, specifiers, and architects increasingly use these products because of their capacity for energy savings. Managers in institutional and commercial facilities also can achieve several other benefits, such as lower interior temperatures,...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    Adding Vegetated Roofs To An Existing Building

    A vegetated roof is made up of more than just the roof membrane and the plants. A typical roof includes the deck, the waterproofing membrane, insulation, a root barrier, a drainage layer, filter membrane, growing medium and plants. More intensive roofs - roofs with a much thicker growing medium -...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    Cool Roofs: Reflectivity Matters

    When facility executives start planning energy efficiency projects, usually the first things on the agenda are HVAC systems and lighting. Roofing doesn't usually make the top of the priority list. In reality, except for on very tall buildings where the majority of the exterior envelope is walls and windows, the...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Sustainable Roofing Options Demand Unique Maintenance Activities

    Regular inspection and timely repairs have long been mainstays of roofing system maintenance, but because roofs are playing a greater role in many organizations' long-term strategies, including energy management, maintenance that extends their performance is increasingly essential. As systems evolve, so do their maintenance requirements, and manufacturers are beginning to...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    Pay Attention To Long-Term Costs When Deciding Whether To Repair Or Recover The Roof

    Risk-taking is not a best practice in facility management, but that's exactly what some facility executives do when they gamble with their roof. Leaks - and repairs - become more frequent. Will it continue on that path to become a major problem where replacement is inevitable, or will the facility...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    What Roofing Consultants Can Do For You

    Roofing consultants can help facility executives come to an educated decision regarding what to do with a problematic roof. Roofing consultants can help with many things on a recover or replacement project. Most importantly, they can determine what type of moisture survey would be best for a particular roof. Consultants...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    Benefits Of A Roof Recovery

    Although some cases call for replacement, there are major advantages to recovering a roof that might make that option right for a facility. Recovering is faster and less intrusive than replacing. A recover provides less risk to the contractor because the roof isn't opened up to the weather. And depending...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2009

    Moisture Surveys And Roofing Warranties

    The opportunity to inspect the integrity of the deck before the new roof goes on is a major benefit to roof replacement. On older buildings that may have been recovered twice already, there could be periods of 30 years or more where it hasn't been examined, so who knows what...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2005

    Roof Coatings In A New Light

    One of the most commonly asked questions in the roofing industry is this: "How long should the roof last?" Although roofs fail prematurely due to unexpected external forces - including earthquakes, hail, hurricanes, tornados, and foot-traffic abuse - a primary reason for premature failure is regular and prolonged exposure to...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Windows And Thermal Performance

    It's a common misconception that if windows allow more light into a facility, they will automatically permit more heat to enter the space, too. With new spectrally selective glazings or glass (low-e is one example), it's possible to control the amount of heat without sacrificing light transmittance. It's even possible...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Energy Audit Can Determine Pump-System Performance

    The pumps in an institutional or commercial facility can account for up to 10 percent of the building's overall energy use. Given that figure, proper pump and system maintenance is crucial to ensure effective and efficient operation, both to curtail energy use and improve indoor environmental quality. Pump effectiveness refers...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Steps For Selecting Replacement Motors

    Electric motors account for about 50 percent of annual electricity use in many institutional and commercial facilities. Since any reduction in energy use can translate into major savings, motor upgrades have become a primary focus of the efforts of maintenance and engineering managers seeking to reduce energy use and utility...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    The Benefits Of VFDs In HVAC Systems

    One of the most successful energy management tools ever applied to building HVAC systems is the Variable Frequency Drive (VFD). For more than 20 years, VFDs have successfully been installed on fan and pump motors in a range of variable load applications. Energy savings vary from 35 to 50 percent...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Designing A More Energy Efficient Data Center

    As with commercial building projects, creating sustainable data centers requires integrating ideas and objectives for building systems and sharing a vision with all of the project's stakeholders from day one. Success in achieving sustainable goals is driven by sensible decisions made early in facility programming, when the sizing of HVAC...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Where Is The Best Place To Install Temporary HVAC Equipment?

    One of the most important steps is determining the installation site for the temporary equipment. Central boilers and chillers tend to be large units. In most applications, mechanical rooms do not have sufficient space to house the temporary equipment and the equipment it is replacing. Ideally, the temporary equipment would...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Steps For Implementing A Support Structure For Temporary HVAC Equipment

    Once managers have identified the critical loads and the HVAC equipment that serves those loads, they must take steps to implement the support structure for the temporary equipment. That support structure must be specific to the application. The first step is to determine the size of the equipment technicians will...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    DDC System Controls Sensitive Hospital Environment

    Hospitals have energy requirements unlike any other commercial or institutional facility, due to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) demands and expanding equipment needs. So closely monitoring the different spaces and environments is important for efficient and streamlined operations. The hospital's Direct Digital Control (DDC) system allows technicians to better evaluate temperatures...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Should Managers Replace Systems Using R-22?

    One option managers have when considering the impact the R-22 phaseout will have on facilities is system replacement. Most systems now being manufactured run on refrigerants that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Replacing existing R-22 systems would solve managers' refrigerant supply issues. Managers should not enter the process of buying...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    R-22 Being Phased Out, Not Eliminated

    Changes are coming to building HVAC and refrigeration systems. As a result of new environmental regulations, manufacturers are ceasing production of refrigerant R-22 for use in new HVAC and refrigeration equipment. Manufacturers will be able to produce a restricted amount of the refrigerant for use in existing units, but they...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Cooling: Assess Overall Heat Gain To Calculate Loads

    Computer and telecommunications equipment in server rooms present maintenance and engineering managers with unique challenges in providing efficient cooling. The challenges are due in large part to the critical nature of operations in these areas. By accurately determining cooling loads, understanding options for equipment purchase and rental, and preparing for...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    The Growing Integration Of Enterprise Systems And BAS

    Facility executives have long complained that top managers don't pay enough attention to facility issues. Unless something goes wrong, senior executives seem uninterested even in information about energy use, though that is a cost that is readily controllable. Developments in building automation technology are changing that picture. In a growing...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    BAS Promotes Trending And Preventive Maintenance Practices

    The impact of the Building Automation System (BAS) goes beyond reduced energy use and utility savings. It also relates to productivity and worker efficiency. For example, the BAS streamlines troubleshooting activities by allowing technicians to trend areas to analyze the indoor environment more accurately. The BAS also directly affects the...

    Provided By Trade Press

  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Three Door Installation Problems To Avoid: Air Balancing, Legal Issues And Design Challenges

    Though code enforcement and problems with security systems are two of the most common problems when it comes to new door installations, those aren't the only things that can go wrong. Problems with air balancing, poor coordination and even legal issues can arise if facility executives aren't careful. This paper...

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