Category Archives: Education

Our Ever-Changing Energy Landscape

Across the country, people are starting to recognize the vulnerability of our electrical infrastructure – whether it be from capacity issues, natural disasters, or other events. Because of this, government regulations are increasingly pressuring utility companies to decrease demand on their systems. By pushing individual consumers to curtail demand and increase efficiency, utility companies are

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Daylight Harvesting – Make Sure You’re Seeing the Savings

Are we truly taking advantage of our oldest and most important natural resource – the sun? The sun plays a major role in the design of most facilities. It can impact the orientation of the building as well as the design of the building envelope and windows. For lighting designers, it also impacts the control

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High Performance Building Design

As the design of buildings evolves to integrate users’ demands to reduce the environmental impacts of construction, conserve energy and improve safety and security, the design community has shifted from looking at individual building systems and components to a holistic approach to building design. The products of this design approach are described as “high performance

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Lighting and Controls in High Performance Buildings

The Energy Policy Act of 2005, defines a high performance building as one that “integrates and optimizes all major high-performance building attributes, including energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, and occupant productivity.” (EPACT 2005, Section 914) One of the simplest ways to incorporate these attributes into any building is through the use of high-efficiency lighting and

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Future Proofing Your Building During Design

As technology in the building industry changes and advances, designers must ask themselves how they can make a building’s Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems adaptable for new or emerging technologies.  The ability to “future proof” a building’s MEP systems may seem like a daunting task but with planning and foresight based upon the owner’s desires,

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Is Integration Right for You?

With constantly increasing capabilities of IP-based communications, integration of communications systems in building projects is a major topic of discussion today.  Whether it’s as simple as controlling lights and room temperature by using occupancy sensors in a room or as extensive as collecting patient medical information throughout a medical facility into a common database or

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Do Lean Principles Apply in a Service Industry?

Regardless if you are a healthcare facility, school or university or a consulting engineering firm, we are all looking for ways to reduce cost, increase quality and drive employee engagement.  Lean concepts and principles have long been a part of industry but how can they be applied in a service industry? Some of these principles

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Doing More With Less

Making or exceeding your enrollment goal is a good thing, right?  Well, maybe… Colleges and Universities, especially private institutions, have continued to increase their offering of discount rates to help drive enrollment. This means that, even though enrollment goals have been met, there is less overall revenue to meet rising facility maintenance and operation costs.

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Portable Power Distribution Center

When looking for a quick, temporary way to distribute power to several devices one might use a power strip. But what if you need a quick, temporary way to distribute power to an entire facility? When the Pennsylvania State University began a project to build 18,000 square feet of temporary lab space within 24 trailer

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H.V.A.C. Made-To-Order

Is your food service facility serving the same old food? If not, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems serving the facility need to change with the times as well. With food service moving toward made-to-order service for students, even in cafeteria atmospheres, the HVAC system should and can follow suit. Below are some

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