Tag: HVAC systems

HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning; also heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) is the technology of indoor and vehicular environmental comfort. Its goal is to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality. HVAC system design is a subdiscipline of mechanical engineering, based on the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer.

Smart Building Technology

Smart Building Technology

Building energy costs are a significant expenditure for businesses and the public building sector. The smart building industry is responding with products and services that can help, but there are hundreds of choices. However, we have some great examples of smart technology that can get you up to speed. So

Guest Commentary: Energy Management Beyond HVAC

Guest Commentary: Energy Management Beyond HVAC

The good news in energy management is that many of the challenges in effectively monitoring and controlling HVAC systems have been overcome. Many buildings—both new construction and retrofits—use efficient heating and cooling systems that are optimized with building automation systems (BAS). Plus, under the latest building codes, building envelopes are

HVAC Innovations

HVAC Innovations

Efficiency is the buzzword for innovations in HVAC technologies. “Government mandates are requiring higher efficiencies overall from the building, which includes everything from the HVAC all the way to the glass in the door,” points out Steve Ulm, spokesperson for SEMCO. “Efficiency is driving the construction industry as a whole.”

Cogen Case Study: Ronald McDonald House, New York City

Cogen Case Study: Ronald McDonald House, New York City

What began in 1974 as a Shamrock Shake-driven fundraiser to help families with sick children is today a network of 322 Ronald McDonald Houses in 57 countries. The first Ronald McDonald House (RMH), in Philadelphia, PA, was meant to serve as a “home away from home” for families spending time

Foolhardy or Forward-Thinking?

Foolhardy or Forward-Thinking?

As we look back on 2016, we’ve certainly had an interesting year.  Before we close the books on 2016, let’s revisit a few more of Distributed Energy’s  top posts for the year.

The following blog post touched a nerve in 2016 and inspired numerous comments.
Foolhardy or Forward-Thinking: What’s Elon Musk’s End-Game?
It’s

Titus Ushers in Virtual Reality Era of HVAC at AHR Show 2017

Titus Ushers in Virtual Reality Era of HVAC at AHR Show 2017

Virtual reality, once reserved for gaming, is now being ushered in as the HVAC industry’s next training platform. The technology enables building owners, contractors and engineers to test the performance, functionality and operability of specific products and systems in simulated applications, prior to installation. For the first time, Titus, the

A Net Zero Energy Retail Store in Chicago: A Walgreens Project Profile

A Net Zero Energy Retail Store in Chicago: A Walgreens Project Profile

An older Walgreens store in Evansville, IL, had been selected for replacement in 2012 when executives suddenly recognized that it would be the ideal location for the net zero project they’d been contemplating. Located just 15 miles from corporate headquarters, the outdated store offered ease of access for engineers and

Advances in Gensets: Powering Diverse Configurations

Advances in Gensets: Powering Diverse Configurations

Advances and technologies that improve performance ensure gensets are more reliable than ever before. Today, gensets run on diesel and natural gas. Tier 4 technology ensures cleaner air quality. They can run in parallel. Improved control systems are bringing “smart” technology to gensets. And systems are less noisy due to

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