Thermal comfort was a key component of the Washington State Convention Center addition.
The nonprescriptive design turned out to be the better option for Seattle Opera at the Center.
Multifamily dwellings are fascinating projects with unique HVAC needs. In essence, they could be considered giant people storage facilities for different stages of life. College dormitories, for example, contain young adults in their late teens and early twenties. Assisted living facilities hold people in their later years. However, engineers know these structures are more than just simply boxes to keep human beings in. They’re as complex and varied as the people inside.
The Wind Blocker is ideal for restaurant patios, outdoor entertainment and dining areas as well as residential patios and porches. The new product offers two heat settings. This new heater can operate on a powerful 34,000 Btu/Hr. on colder days or a softer 24,00 Btu/Hr. on milder days.
Modern, energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems can stress a project budget with their additional energy-efficiency requirements. Combining HVAC water distribution with a fire suppression piping system can result in first-cost savings, which can improve system life cycle costs.
Providing cooling/heating comfort and energy efficiency in hospitals and health care buildings is an ongoing challenge for mechanical engineers. Emphasis on building performance, indoor air quality (IAQ), and adoption of energy-efficient building codes is increasing. Designs are based on a host of variables beyond space type and understood loads including operating costs, first cost, life cycle cost, and measurement and verification (M&V) requirements.
Sterile processing is one of the unsung heroes of a hospital.
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The most efficient mechanical system for an owner is not the one with the greatest potential to reduce energy and operational costs, but the one that is able to be easily maintained and reliably operated at its most efficient points for the life of the equipment, system and building without exceeding the capabilities of the end user.
An increasingly data-driven society demands advanced, high-performance data center facilities. Read on to learn the biggest HVAC and plumbing challenges, emerging technologies and upcoming trends affecting data centers.