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LEED Q&A: Evaporative Cooling Strategies for Energy and Water Conservation

Evaporative cooling systems and their water treatment strategies help optimize building performance and contribute to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and other sustainability programs. Even in areas challenged by hot, arid climates, including most of the Middle East and the southwestern United States, evaporative cooling systems offer economical, energy-efficient solutions for green building design, construction and maintenance. The following Q&A resulted from a survey of engineers and cooling tower experts inside and… Read More

Intelligent Ventilation System Enables Creation of Energy-Efficient “Smart Labs”

By Dan Diehl, Aircuity Scientific research labs represent a huge portion of the energy demand of a university campus: in many cases, as much as two-thirds of a campus’ energy use can be attributed to research labs. While it may seem clear that labs would be a great place to start when looking to go greener and reduce energy demand, the difficulty of doing so without sacrificing safety can often pose a roadblock. Faced with… Read More

CASE STUDY: Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical Chooses Venstar Thermostats to Help Residential Customers Cut Energy Costs

Venstar® recently announced that its ColorTouch® thermostat is being used by California-based Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical (Ideal), which provides plumbing, heating, HVAC, electrical and remodeling services to more than 5,000 homes each year. A LEEDS-certified contractor, Ideal sells highly energy-efficient equipment with the goal of significantly reducing energy costs while ensuring indoor comfort for its residential customers. Matt Getz, HVAC Department Head, Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical “Using programmable thermostats with high-efficiency… Read More

Carbon Monoxide: Carbon Monoxide and the Flu

By David Richardson The day before writing this I was in the doctor’s office for my yearly physical. One of the first questions the doctor asked me was “Have you had a flu shot this year?” He reminded me that it’s the time of year when many of us get “flu-like” symptoms that include: a runny nose, stuffy head, muscle aches, and fever. Since I’m a CO (carbon monoxide) guy, my thoughts naturally drift… Read More
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