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Wednesday
Apr022014

HVAC 360 - Episode 072 - Melink - 2014 AHR Expo

This week on HVAC 360 I talk with Jason Taylor from Melink Corporation, who I talked to on the floor of the AHR Expo 2014 in New York City.  Melink was showing off their solution to a common problem in the kitchen hood industry, namely control and energy waste by running the exhaust system when it wasn't necessary.  Hopefully you'll pick up a thing or two about kitchen hoods and if you like the episdoe, share it with a friend.

Here are some links that you might find of interest:

Melink Corporation

 

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Sunday
Jun302013

HVAC 360 - Episode 069 - Commissioning Issues Log

Commissioning Issues Logs are the at the heart of what we do as Commissioning Authorities.  In this episode of HVAC 360, I field this topic in response to a listener question and go through what I think should be part of the issues log, what should and shouldn't be included, and what to due about getting these resolved in a timely fashion so that you can make a profit while not making any enemies.  At the end, I include what I consider to be my secret sauce when it comes to making the most use out of a commissioning issues log.  I hope you enjoy the episode and if you did please past it on to a friend or a collegue.

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Saturday
Jun222013

HVAC 360 - Episode 068 - Thermostat Operation and Thermal Comfort

Welcome to this week's episdoe of HVAC 360 where we talk about Thermostat Operation and Thermal Comfort, along the lines of ASHRAE Standard 55.  While I have to admit most of you understand proper thermostat operation, you may come up short when describing it to a laymen.  This is where my visual analogy of the operation comes into play.  Hopefully this is something that you can use, but if not I talk a little about Thermal Comfort.  Although I didn't have my ASHRAE Standard 55 handy, I did have my Fundamentals.  Please consider sharing this episode or others that you have found enlightening with your friends and co-workers.

Here are some links that you might find of interest:

ASHRAE Standard 55

The thermal comfort chart

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Monday
May062013

HVAC 360 - Episode 064 - ICC IAS Commissioning Accreditation

The week on HVAC 360 we have a very hot topic for you and this involves standards that are being proposed by the ICC that effect all of the current commissioning certification programs.  We have Gerry Kettler talking to us today as a member of the ICC committee and also as someone who is heavily involved in the commissioning standards for ASHRAE.  One thing to keep in mind is that this standard is out for public comment until mid-May so get your two cents in and if you think anyone else is interested, forward the show and have them comment as well.  Hope you like this topic, if you do let me know.

Here are some links that you might find of interest:

ICC IAS ACR476 Document

ICC G4-2012 Guideline for Commissioning

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Monday
Jul232012

HVAC 360 - Episode 048 - HVAC Refrigerants

This week on HVAC 360 you'll get your primer on HVAC Refrigerants.  Ever wondered what happened to R-11? What is in store for 407C? How about using a natural refrigerant on your next project? If these topics peak your interest then tune while I chat with Dr. Eckhard Groll of Purdue University on a topic that he's really passionate about.  If this episode is of interest to you please feel free to pass it on.

 

 Here are some links that are relevant to the topic:

The Montreal Protocol

The Kyoto Protocol

There are also a number of ASHRAE Position Documents related to refrigerants:

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Monday
Feb202012

HVAC 360 - Episode 035 - Non-Chemical Water Treatment Devices

Wowzer!  This week I would have loved to have shortened the title but some things are just like that, NCWTD's just didn't cut it.  This week I have the distinct pleasure to talk to Dr. Janet Stout about a recent ASHRAE-sponsored research project she was involved in.  The results of which are very enlightening and thought provoking.  So what are these Non-Chemical Water Treatment Devices? In my mind they have always been a replacement for the standard chemical water treatment, the shot feeder and all that.  They have been the darlings of the green movement because less chemicals are good, right?!  Just listen to the interview.  To be clear, these devices have typically been used in building condenser water (cooling tower water) systems.

For those of you interested in contacting Dr. Stout or obtaining a copy of the power point that I made a reference to in the interview, send your request to: info@specialpathogenslab.com or visit the site www.specialpathogenslab.com

If you just want the link to the study:  Biological Control in Cooling Water Systems Using Non-Chemical Treatment Devices, ASHRAE 1361-­-RP (PDF)

The moral of the story is test your water or advise your clients to.

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Friday
Jan272012

HVAC 360 - Episode 031 - ASHRAE Chicago 2012

In this episode of HVAC 360 I talk about the recent ASHRAE Winter Meeting I attended in Chicago. Specifically I cover the ASHRAE rebranding, their new website, and touch on a couple of the technical sessions that I sat in on. 

A couple of the links that I talk about are:

ASHRAE.org

ReTuning.org

There is just a whole host of material and presentations at the Re-tuning website so take some time to look around.

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Monday
Jan162012

HVAC 360 - Episode 030 - ASHRAE Virtual Conference

The week I talk with Dennis Wessel, the chair of ASHRAE's Conference and Exposition Committee, about the Virtual Conference that occurs along side the Winter and Summer meetings.  I try to cover everything that a potential attendee might want to know, from signing up to length of access.  Compared to other virtual conferences, I feel this one is really well done, combining a fresh and broad choice of sessions and even some way to ask questions to the presenters.  I even like Dennis's idea of having a firm purchase a corporate access to the conference and use it as a in-house lunch and learn series.  This is really the next best thing to being at the conference and for a lot of professionals really the only viable option.  For more information about this conference and previous conferences check out this link:

ASHRAE's Virtual Conference Page

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Monday
Dec052011

HVAC 360 - Episode 026 - CIBSE President Andy Ford

The week I'm talking with the President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Andy Ford. As engineering is an international endeavor I wanted to voyage away from North America to give a broader perspective as to British Engineering and its institutions.  I really enjoyed talking to Andy and getting to know a little bit about him and his background.  If you wanted to find out more about the Insitution you can find it at www.cibse.org .  Or if you want to get in touch with Andy himself you can do it by emailing him at andy.ford [at] mottmac.com.  If you like this episode please forward a link to it to your friends or co-workers.

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Monday
Nov282011

HVAC 360 - Episode 025 - Indoor Environmental Quality

For this week's episode I talk with Robert Bean, an Indoor Environmental Quality and Energy Consultant about Indoor Environmental Quality. We talk about the difference between IAQ and IEQ, along with some of the codes that surround this topic.

If you would like to learn more about the code side of things you can get that info at the ashrae.org website or following these links:

ASHRAE Standard 55-2010

ASHRAE Guideline 10-2011

If you are interested in touching base with Robert Bean, you can email him at info [at] healthyheating.com or just visit his site www.healthyheating.com .

On a housekeeping topic, I would like to thank my friend Kris for pointing out the audio distortion in my previous podcasts.  Although my original recordings were clean it seems that the final conversion to the mp3 file format got distorted.  I have now found a work-around for this and I hope you enjoy the change.  Thanks for the feedback Kris!

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