Tag Archives: HVAC

Heat-tracing solutions with BIM

Building information modeling (BIM) is having a dramatic impact on all aspects of the design/construction world, from project team collaborations to more specific niches—such as the way heat-tracing systems are specified. All photos courtesy Pentair Thermal Building Solutions

Building information modeling (BIM) is opening up new opportunities for the construction industry. Its adoption differs across various regions, but architects, consultants, engineers, and contractors are realizing the benefits of this new, collaborative way of designing, constructing, and maintaining a building. Heat-tracing systems are one building component taking advantage of BIM. As a solution that ensures comfort and contributes to life safety, it requires special attention.

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Affordable solutions available for better school acoustics

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Experts believe as many as one-third of all school students miss up to 33 percent of the oral communication that occurs in the classroom. (M. Nixon’s 2002 article, “Acoustical Standards Begin to Reverberate: Controlling Noise within School Facilities,” was posted on the web at School Construction News Online).

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Motor City renovation unravels a weighty problem

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When it was built in 1897, Detroit’s Bamlet Building didn’t have to contend with the loads associated with modern-day cooling towers, chillers, and other heavy rooftop HVAC systems. So when it came time to renovate the 3345-m2 (36,000-sf) brick and timber structure, the project team turned to comparably lighter-weight variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology and rooftop equipment mounts with footings for strategic weight distribution.

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Ensuring effective custom HVAC assemblies

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As many designers can attest, selecting the most appropriate HVAC system involves more than an off-the-shelf purchase. Designing a mechanical system for maximum energy efficiency, reliability, serviceability, and sustainability—while meeting the varying usage needs of the customer—requires broad expertise and a thorough understanding of key considerations in system design.

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