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Navigating Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics

Building automation systems can control mechanical systems, but ault detection and diagnostics  are critical for efficient success. Photo © BigStockPhoto/Pedro Sala

The U.S. market for building automation equipment is set to increase by more than 40 percent within the next five years. Buildings have become more intelligent, and engineers and energy managers have millions of data points on building operations within their control systems. Still, data is essentially useless if it cannot be turned into actionable information and prioritized in terms of what is most important.

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Richardsville Elementary – NET ZERO

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September 2010 marked the grand opening for Richardsville Elementary, the First Net-Zero Insulated Concrete Form School in the U.S. Warren County School district, the school board responsible for Richardsville, has been building energy efficient schools that are being recognized for their innovation across the United States.

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ASTM Standards for Correctional Facilities

There have been numerous standards sponsored by ASTM Committee F-33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities. Familiarity and being able to adhere to these standards is a must. They not only cover testing procedures and degree of detention, but also assemblies and fastening methods that must be incorporated into the design and construction.

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Specifying Successful Systems for Detention Facilities

Photo © Bo Parker

The construction of detention and correctional facilities can be complex. In addition to standard construction materials and practice, these buildings are designed with a multitude of special materials and systems, known collectively as ‘detention equipment.’ This article focuses on the use of detention equipment contractors (DEC) when building correctional facilities.

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Stay in Control: Specifying building automation systems for cost savings

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel uses a BACnet (data
communication protocol for building automation and control
networks) compatible building automation system (BAS) for
energy savings and occupant comfort. All images courtesy Alerton

Building automation systems (BAS) have evolved rapidly over the past several decades, expanding beyond HVAC alone to monitoring and controlling numerous other building systems. This article explores the opportunities from implementing BAS in new construction and in building retrofits, the latest features and benefits available, and factors to consider when specifying BAS controllers, software, and wall sensors for commercial and institutional buildings.

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What Do You Mean By ‘Polyurethane?’

All photos courtesy Quest Construction Products

Polyurethanes have the broadest range of any product group, but they tend to combine toughness and flexibility with adhesive properties. This article examines the chemistry behind these coatings, seeking to give specifiers the information needed to select the right material for a project.

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