Yearly Archives: 2009

Documented Costs & Benefits of Building Commissioning

“Commissioning is one of the most potent and yet least understood strategies for managing energy use, costs, and associated greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings sector.” – Evan Mills, Ph.D. Building owners and managers often ask what are the costs and benefits of building commissioning. A report completed by Evan Mills, Ph.D. of the Lawrence

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Are the Lights on When Nobody’s Home?

Saving energy is near the top of almost every facility manager’s list of priorities these days-it makes a lot of sense from an economic standpoint as well as being a good steward of the environment. After cooling and heating systems, the largest consumption of electrical energy in a building is the lighting system. The following

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Areas of Refuge

The law requires that any multi-story, commercial or public building provide a means for a disabled person to request evacuation assistance in an emergency situation. These areas of refuge are generally required on each floor, with the exception of the ground floor. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) outlines specific requirements for such features as

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BIM—the Next Generation of Design Technology

A relatively new technology is quickly making an impact on the design and construction industry. Building Infor­mation Modeling (BIM) introduces a new way for architects, engineers and construction professionals to deliver coordinated, accurate and computable information about a building or project throughout the design and construc­tion process. Through the use of software programs, BIM allows

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Electrical Arc Flash: Does It Really Apply To Me?

It seems that over the past several months we have been hearing more and more about the hazards and codes related to electrical arc flash. There have been many seminars, conferences and training sessions popping up that are intended to raise awareness and explain the requirements associated with this electrical phenom­enon. One reason we are

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Electrical Short Circuit and Coordination Studies for New and Existing Facilities

The word “efficiency” is not often associated with a power distribution system; however, following the appropri­ate protocol for conducting short circuit and coordination studies can help improve efficiency and safety for your building’s power distribution system. Short circuit and coordination studies are especially important for both normal and emergency power distribution systems within healthcare facilities

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Are You Prepared For An Extended Utility Outage?

The last two Winters have brought ice storms to South Central Pennsylvania causing extended power outages for facilities that lasted for two or more days. In fact, your facility may have been of the many affected by these storms. If not, were you prepared for these power outages, or just lucky? The summer season is

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Defining Owner’s Project Requirements

There are generally three reasons to consider a construction project for your organization: Modifications to existing space to accommodate shifting business requirements, improve energy efficiency and reduce operating costs Expansion of existing buildings to accommodate growth or program changes New construction to support growth plans and address market needs. No matter the reason for the

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MEP Considerations for Bariatric Patient Rooms

Hospitals and healthcare facilities are facing an increase in the number of bariatric patients. This reality has led to the need for specially-designed patient rooms that require the expertise of a professional design team. Some of the special considerations required for bariatric patient rooms include: Water closets should be floor mounted and designed to support

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What is Systems Validation?

You are probably familiar with the term commissioning, but did you know that there is a more cost-effective alternative to traditional commissioning? We call this process systems validation. Systems validation encompasses the foundation of commissioning but in a more customized, streamlined process. Systems validation can be an effective way to ensure your building’s systems function

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