Articles for July 2, 2012
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HVAC/R (HEATING, VENTILATION, AIR CONDITIONING, AND REFRIGERATION)
Beams and UFAD: An Energy-Efficient Team,"
by Peter Strapp, Tate Inc., was published in the May 2012 issue of
HPAC Heating/Piping/AirConditioning Engineering.
Bringing the chilled beams down from the ceiling and into the raised floor
occupied by an underfloor-air-distribution system continues the efficiency
associated with ceiling-mounted, chilled beams and adds other benefits.
Team Awards: Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital" was written
by Nicole Bowling, Associate Editor, Building Design + Construction; it was published in
the June 2012 issue of that journal.
This is a case study of a health-care facility for veterans of the Iraq and
Afghanistan wars. An integrated
design approach is credited with cost savings, efficiencies, and other benefits.
Baseline Energy Performance and Opportunities to Improve Energy Efficiency in Family Military Housing
is a 111-page, February 2012, research report developed by staffs at the
Washington State University Energy Program and at Michael Blasnik and
Associates; it was prepared for Building America Building Technologies Program
of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department
of Energy. The research findings
should increase energy efficiencies at both existing and to-be-built housing for
military families at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) in western Washington
Construction: 5 Trends That Could Spell Success for Your Firm"
is a five-Web-page article by Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor,
Building Design + Construction; it was
published in the June 2012 issue of that journal.
Three of the trends have to do with energy efficiencies. They include attention to BIM
(building information modeling), cost-sensitive sustainability, and net-zero
energy, water, and waste.
Renewable Energy Optimization Report for Naval Station Newport is a 145-page,
February 2012, technical report by Robi Robichaud, Gail Mosey, and Dan Olis of
NREL; it was prepared in partnership with NREL and the EPA. This is about the redevelopment of
mine sites and other contaminated land into renewable energy sites. Wind and solar can be developed, but
the sites are not suited to other renewables.
MOTORS - PUMPS
Seal Failure in Pumps," by Howard W. Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP,
was published in the June 2012 issue of
Maintenance Technology. This is a quick, but very useful,
examination of where the leakages occur and why.
Planet, and Profit" was authored by Clare Morris
Broderick PE, LEED AP, and Chief Operating Officer, Building Systems Engineering
Division - MEP Group, at Birdsall Services Group; it was published in the May
2012 issue of ED+C (Environmental Design + Construction). Attention to the "triple bottom line"
(the "people, planet, and profit" of the article's title) by property management
businesses can ensure they survive and thrive.
RESIDENTIAL EFFICIENCY STRATEGIES
Stay Cool, Save Money is a website, revised (and re-named) seasonally, from the
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office of the U.S. Department of Energy. The site is now offering many tips
for energy savings for the warmer months.
The following three articles were published in the May 2012 issue of
Hardening – A Quick Guide to Methods and Coils"
was co-authored by Kristian Berggren and Leif Markegard, both of EFD Induction
Inc. Two types of induction
hardening – conventional scanning and single-shot – are well-described. The importance of two components in
the induction process, the inductor and magnetic-flux concentrators, is also
of Alloying Elements on Hardenability," by David Pye, illustrates how
different levels of carbon present in steel affect its properties when
austenitized and quenched.
Gas Nitriding, and Nitrocarburizing for Engineering Components and Metal-Forming
Tools" was jointly written by T. Damirgi,
E. Rolinski and G. Sharp, all of Advanced Heat Treat Corp.
The differences between plasma nitriding
and gas nitriding are explained.
These differences inform the discussion of the different applications
appropriate to each. Additionally,
the role that nitrocarburizing plays in heat treating is shown.
Potential" was written by Chris Curtis, President of Schneider
Electric U.S. and President and CEO of Schneider Electric North American
Operating Division; it was published in the May 2012 issue of
ED+C (Environmental Design + Construction).
This is a basic discussion of energy
savings performance contracts (ESPSs) and the role of ESPSs in the federal
Better Buildings Challenge program's efficiency efforts. It is said that these efforts could
create tens of thousands of green jobs.
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