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Entries in HVAC360 (61)

Monday
Nov212011

HVAC 360 - Episode 024 - Toilet Rooms: HVAC and Plumbing

In celebration of the World Toilet Organization's World Toilet Day, Saturday November 19th, I have decided to talk about toilet room design, covering both HVAC and Plumbing.  So often we forget in our professional lives that toilet rooms have a very emotional connection to us in our day to day lives.  I mention a study saying that a dirty toilet room can have a negative effect on the bottom line of consumer stores but I would extend that "negative impact" to dirty toilet rooms whereever you worked.  So the moral of my story is to take toilet room layout seriously, help architects avoid errors, and advocate for the owner.

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Monday
Nov142011

HVAC 360 - Episode 023 - HVAC at the University

Prof. Bill BahnflethThis week I talk with Penn State's Professor Bill Bahnfleth about the different options students have when it comes to HVAC and higher education. Specifically we talk about Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Bill's favorite Architectural Engineering (okay, so he may be a little biased). The last of which, if you've never heard of it, is a real laser focused engineering degree that is not found everywhere but is certainly worth learning about.  Those of you who may be past your school years, use this episode as a chance to advise other young potential engineers that you come in contact with and forward it on to them.

Also as promised in the interview, if you are interested in contacting Bill he can be reached at wbahnfleth [at] engr.psu.edu or to view his program visit the Penn State Architectural Engineering website at

www.engr.psu.edu\ae

For more information about the Architectural Engineering Institute of ASCE here's that link too:

http://content.aeinstitute.org/inside/intro.html

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Monday
Nov072011

HVAC 360 - Episode 022 - Kenny Tsakanikas

In this episode I talk to Kenny Tsakanikas, an industry veteran who has made a successful transition from working in the field to running his own construction business to now working in consulting.  In his current position he is involved in being both as an Owner's Representative in construction projects and as a building commissioning authority. Enjoy learning a little bit about Kenny and hopefully you can take away some actionable advice.  If you find what you hear useful, pass it along to someone else.

If you want to get ahold of Kenny, you can contact KT Consultanting International by phone at 877-544-4059 or visit their website KTconsultingonline.com.

 

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Monday
Oct312011

HVAC 360 - Episode 021 - Job Site Etiquette Couture and PPE

Most of the time industry professionals are very insulated from a dangerous environment.  With the greatest danger being a burn from spilled cup of coffee or an infected papercut. But out in the field things are different and we, as professionals, need to understand proper safety procedures and equipment that can be the difference between life and death.  In this episode I discuss my preferences and experience on this topic and hope that you learn something.  If you find this episode useful please forward a link of it to a friend or let them know how to find it in iTunes under HVAC 360.  It could be the most important thing you do today.  Safety is important, pass it on.

 

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Sunday
Oct232011

HVAC 360 - Episode 020 - Prefunctional Checklists for Building Commissioning

In this episode I talk about prefunctional checklists for building commissioning in relation to ASHRAE Guideline 0 and the PECI documents.  Most commissioning authorities have there own style of checklists but I breakdown the anatomy of these forms to help professionals understand or possibly improve their documents.

If you want more information regarding Portland Energy Conservation, Inc., visit www.PECI.org or visit the Commissioning Resource Center for the forms.

Or for ASHRAE Guideline 0, visit the ASHRAE Bookstore.

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Sunday
Oct162011

HVAC 360 - Episode 019 - David Underwood

In this episode I go international, talking to Canadian David Underwood.  David is a professional engineer, a retired owner of a sucessful business practice and an ASHRAE fellow.  We learn from him his story in engineering, how he started and some wisdom that he can share with our listeners.  If you like this episode, let me know and share it with a friend or two.  Have any suggestions? Drop me a line at matt (at) buildingx.co .  Enjoy the show.

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Sunday
Sep252011

HVAC 360 - Episode 016 - Alert: CBECS on hold

You may unknowingly be making energy decisions or recommendations based on information that is almost a decade old.  Now the U.S. congress has cut CBECS funding and it is now becoming more outdated.  Learn what CBECS is and why it is so important in my interview with the U.S. Energy Information Administration staff.  If this is news to you, please conder passing this along to someone else that you know.

Here's a link to the CBECS website.

Who are my senators?  Find them here.

Who are my representatives? Find them here.

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Sunday
Sep112011

HVAC 360 - Episode 014 - ASHRAE 189.1 with Dennis Stanke

In this episode we talk with current chair for ASHRAE's 189.1 committee regarding the current status of the standard and what to expect in the future.  If you're not familiar with ASHRAE's lastest "Green" Standard give this episode a listen.  Also feel free to pass on the episode to others that may find this material useful.

As with last week's podcast here are some quick links that hopefully should help you.

Here's a link to the ASHRAE 189.1-2009 standard at the ASHRAE Bookstore.

Here's a link to the ASHRAE 189.1-2009 User's Manual at the ASHRAE Bookstore.

I looked and didn't find anything specifically about 189.1 training. So I would suggest contacting ASHRAE directly for the next available training session. If you would like help, please contact me, and I will see what I can find out.

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Until next time know what you build, and share what you know.

Monday
Sep052011

HVAC 360 - Episode 013 - ASHRAE 90.1 with Steve Skalko

In this episode of HVAC 360 I talk with the current chair of the ASHRAE 90.1 committee Steve Skalko.  He not only gives us a little bit of his background but also the history of Standard 90.1.  This is a great episode to listen to if you have no experience with this standard and even if you do.  Feel free to share this episode with younger engineers or others.

 

Here's a link to the ASHRAE 90.1-2010 standard at the ASHRAE Bookstore.

Here's a link to the ASHRAE 90.1-2010 User's Manual at the ASHRAE Bookstore.

Finally, here's a link to ASHRAE's eLearning Course for 90.1-2004 this is for a previous version of ASHRAE 90.1 but it is available on-demand and doesn't require any travel. If you want to get in on a course for the current version of 90.1, I would suggest contacting ASHRAE for the next available training session.

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Until next time know what you build, and share what you know.

Wednesday
Jul272011

HVAC 360 - Episode 012 - Lynn Bellenger

Finally the wait is over!  A new episode and with an ASHRAE President none the less!

 

In this episode of HVAC360 I am talking with Lynn Bellenger, ASHRAE President for the 2010-Lynn Bellenger2011 society year.  In addition to the recent Building Modeling Summit in Atlanta this past spring, we talk a little bit about how her Presidential year was going and how she became involved in the engineering field.  One of the pieces of advice that had been given to her when she started still holds true, "If you want to be in the HVAC profession, then you need to be involved in ASHRAE."  I couldn't agree with this more.  All over the world building owners are looking to ASHRAE to provide guidance for an energy efficient future and I'm proud to see ASHRAE not shying away from such an important task and such a critical juncture.

 

As I get this podcast ramped back up please feel free to send me any show suggestions or comments.
 

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Until next time know what you build, and share what you know.