Category Archives: HVAC Posts

Commissioning Clarification

By Timothy A. Warren, PE, LEED AP, Vice President Over the past several years many people have misused the term “commissioning” when referring to design and construction projects.  More often than not, they use the term in reference to a green building project, frequently viewing commissioning only as a step within the LEED Certification process.  […]

Designing for Good Acoustics

An often overlooked and frequently misunderstood aspect of the indoor environment is acoustical integrity. Background noise levels play an important role in successful completion of a facility’s occupancy tasks whether the building is a typical office complex, a manufacturing plant, or a performing arts center. All have specific acoustical design goals that play a part […]

Commissioning: An Overview

Whether or not owners should invest in Building Commissioning has become a rather important and complex decision over the years. First, owners need to resolve their commissioning needs, comparing the costs and benefits to their budget. Since buildings can be commissioned several different ways, they must then choose the extent of commissioning that is most […]

IAQ: Indoor Air Quality

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a growing cause of concern for our modern day society. Any building has the potential for SBS, which can cause headaches, fatigue, and even mucous membrane irritation for those exposed to it. Even more serious is Building Related Illness (BRI), a medically identifiable disease which, in extreme cases, can cause […]

Air System Basics: VAV

Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems play a large role in the successful operation of a facility. They are responsible for maintaining comfort conditions day in and day out. These systems, often very large and energy-consuming, are responsible for a large portion of a building’s first cost and operating cost. It is, therefore, very […]