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5 tips to make HVAC maintenance more effective
Plant Engineering
When it comes to plants and facilities, HVAC systems play an important role in making sure the building stays at the right temperature and humidity levels. But, like any equipment, they can also become a major headache if something goes wrong. Preventive maintenance is key to keeping HVAC systems running effectively and efficiently.
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Crane accident in midtown Manhattan injures 7 and damages buildings
The New York Times
A heating and air-conditioning unit weighing several tons came untethered from a crane and fell 30 stories to the ground in midtown Manhattan on May 30, leaving seven people scraped, bruised and shaken up, officials said. The equipment came tumbling down at 10:43 a.m. on a stretch of Madison Avenue, officials said. Had it happened on a weekday, when the area is typically bustling with pedestrians and motorists, the consequences might have been worse.
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5 things facilities managers should consider when thinking about solar
New England Real Estate Journal
The economic and green benefits of deploying solar in Massachusetts have been proven time and again, and many companies are reaping the rewards of installing solar renewable energy solutions. However, facilities managers need to look beyond the green and consider the potential impact on the property as part of their due diligence in determining if solar makes sense not only for the business, but also for the facility.
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Building IoT to be $76 billion market by 2020
ACHR News
Building automation is transforming into the building Internet of Things, creating a $76 billion market by 2020, according to a new research report from Memoori Business Intelligence Ltd. For a quarter of a century, the building automation systems industry has been working hard at delivering full connectivity across all the different building services.
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ASHRAE publication gives background on server efficiency metrics
FMLink
Since its inception in 2003, ASHRAE Technical Committee TC 9.9 has focused on the challenge of publishing valuable content to address the rapidly changing world of mission-critical facilities, data centers, technology spaces and electronic equipment (from electronic equipment to large data center campuses). The 12th book in the ASHRAE Datacom Series, Server Efficiency — Metrics for Computer Servers and Storage, is now available.
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HVAC maintenance — a pretty cool idea
John Haley
The ancient Egyptians are known for developing the concept of air conditioning. In an attempt to find relief from the heat, reeds were hung from windows as small, constant streams of water trickled down them. As the water evaporated on the reeds, it cooled the air blowing through the windows. Although this process seems extremely basic, the general physics of air conditioning has remained the same throughout history.
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Green roofs grow on multifamily buildings in major US cities
National Real Estate Investor
A growing number of cities are paying multifamily building owners to add green roofs to their buildings. That's helping to motivate more owners to plant their rooftops. Adding an extensive green roof that covers most of a building's roof space adds between $10.30 and $12.50 per square feet to the cost of the roof, compared to a conventional, black roof, according to a study by the U.S. General Services Administration.
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Better Buildings Challenge adds water goal
Environmental Leader
The Energy Department is expanding the Better Buildings Challenge to include a new water savings goal. Interested partners can work directly with the Energy Department to advance data collection and analysis practices and share more solutions to common water saving barriers. The Energy Department will coordinate with other federal agencies, including the EPA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as work with experts from nongovernmental organizations, to lend additional technical expertise.
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