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HVAC: Giving new life to old buildings
Faced with often-changing enrollments and always-limited public funds, our public schools are challenged to find efficient ways to renovate old buildings and upgrade out of date systems. As energy costs continue to climb, it is increasingly critical to employ new and more efficient technologies that revitalize and extend the life of our existing building stock. One emerging technology that holds great promise as an energy efficient alternative to standard air conditioning is the chilled beam.
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FM issue: Recipe for roof coatings
Today's Facility Manager
According to experts in the field, more than 20 percent of restaurants fail in the first year of business. Further, statistics indicate greater than 60 percent of these establishments will be out of business within three years. The reasons are many and varied, but most relate to deficiencies in planning, forethought, and execution. Like restaurants, rooftop coating and restoration solutions also require proper planning and execution to deliver maximum performance. And as with restaurants, there are several steps facility managers can take for long-term success of rooftop coating and restoration projects.
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Solar thermal energy costs predicted to halve by 2020
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Days after U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu promised that large scale solar PV would be cheaper than coal and gas before the end of the decade — and a commercial solar PV project in New Mexico appeared to deliver on that very prediction — comes a forecast that the other key solar technology, solar thermal, also will halve its costs over the same time period.
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Fire protection and nightclub nightmares
Shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, a fire at the Station Nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., left 100 dead and many more injured. This fire, which occurred 10 years ago, was one of the deadliest nightclub fires in the history of the United States. Inadequate fire protection features were a major contributing factor to the significant number of deaths and injuries," says Chris Jelenewicz, Engineering Program Manager with the Bethesda, Md.-based Society of Fire Protection Engineers. "It's uncanny how almost 10 years later we saw similar fire protection flaws at a Brazilian nightclub where over 230 died."
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Demand response: Strategies for success
Utilities face a constant challenge of rising demand for electricity. As a result, they continue looking for strategies to reduce their need to invest in new power-generation facilities, as well as additional transmission and distribution capacity. The challenge is especially critical at periods of peak demand. As a result, utilities have introduced and fine-tuned programs that are designed to reduce power use in institutional and commercial facilities, particularly at peak. The challenge for maintenance and engineering managers is understanding the way their facilities can benefit from incentives offered by utilities related to demand response.
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Tricks of the trade: Facility renewal planning
Today's Facility Manager
Q: Is there an established benchmark for refreshing (remodeling) office space?
A: In general, commercial facilities are built with a 50 year life cycle. Within this, there are three sub-life cycles. Then there are individual component life cycles. A savvy facility manager needs to know how to predict the facility renewal needs of each of these life cycles and generally budget for them before the end of each life cycle — with improved accuracy as the drop-dead date arrives.

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