J. Patrick Banse, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston

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Career Smart November 21, 2016

Practicing the art of good research

In a growing digital age, engineers need to ditch the instant-gratification mentality and develop in-depth research skills.

By J. Patrick Banse, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
HVAC/R and Mechanical November 18, 2015

Dedicated outdoor air systems and code compliance

Dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) deliver dehumidified air to buildings to improve the indoor air quality and thermal comfort.

By J. Patrick Banse, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
HVAC/R and Mechanical November 18, 2015

Hospital’s pretreat units keep patients healthy

With no exterior wall from which to directly access outdoor air (OA), roof-mounted pretreat units provided the correct amount of ventilation air to meet the hospital’s needs.

By J. Patrick Banse, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
HVAC/R and Mechanical November 18, 2015

Health care facility includes complex smoke-control system

The atrium size and the building code enforced during design required a large amount of outdoor air (OA) to be correctly supplied to the atrium at multiple levels to satisfy the smoke-exhaust requirements and maintain clear egress paths at each level.

By J. Patrick Banse, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
Codes and Standards: HVAC June 17, 2014

Know the intent, changes of NFPA 99-2012

NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code was completely overhauled and rewritten from the 2005 edition to the 2012 edition and was changed from a “standard” to a ”code.”

By J. Patrick Banse, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
July 17, 2012

In engineering, what really matters?

What do you do when your project has features outside of the normal specs?

By J. Patrick Banse, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston
Codes and Standards April 16, 2012

HVAC: documenting ASHRAE 62.1 compliance

Standard 62.1 specifies minimum ventilation rates and other measures intended to provide IAQ to building occupants.

By J. Patrick Banse, PE, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Houston