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The Thermal Comfort Zone

Jan. 18, 2010

Thermal comfort, like so many aspects of environmental control, is far easier to define than achieve. If it were simply a matter of regulating the thermostat, all office dwellers would be satisfied with the thermal environment.

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The ADA-Compliant Restroom

Restrooms can lead to serious confusion when it comes to accessibility and universal design. “The most basic and least expensive way to determine if a restroom is accessible is to review the American with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the American National Standards Institute’s standard (ICC/ANSI A117.1),” says Jon Villwock, lavatory systems and washfountains product manager at Bradley Corp.

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New Guidance on Clearing the Indoor Air through Improved IAQ
A new book and CD titled The Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction, and Commissioning provides guidance for achieving enhanced IAQ using proven strategies and technologies, and without significantly increasing costs.
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A Tree House in a Hospital
Can you imagine having a tree house in a hospital? A 205,000-square-foot vertical expansion of the SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse, NY, provided that opportunity.
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Another Steep Decline in Nonresidential Construction Activity Projected for 2010
Despite signs that the overall U.S. economy is beginning to improve, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decrease by 13.4 percent in 2010 with a marginal increase of 1.8 percent in 2011.
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The Benefits of an HVAC Audit
A reduction in operating costs. A decline in wear and tear on equipment. Longer equipment life. A better working environment. Does this sound like your wish list? If so, here’s a good way to actually achieve these aspirations: conduct an HVAC audit.
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Top 10 Reasons to Consider Spiral HVAC Ductwork
Is the move to spiral duct simply a trend or is it supported by practical considerations such as higher energy savings and better indoor environmental quality?
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A Campus Rehab: Green Bathrooms
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus is an architectural gem, but few changes have been made to the buildings since they were originally built. By 2007, however, student, faculty, and staff clamor for washroom upgrades could no longer be ignored.
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JACE-602-XPR by VYKON by Tridium
The JACE-602-XPR embedded building controller from VYKON by Tridium is designed for remote monitoring and a wide range of building control applications.
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STYROFOAM SIS Structural Insulated Sheathing by Dow Building Solutions
STYROFOAM SIS™ Structural Insulated Sheathing from Dow combines a structural layer, a moisture barrier, and foam insulation, providing an R-value of 3 at 0.5-inches thick, or 5.5 at 1-inch thick.
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Multifunction handheld showers by California Faucets
California Faucets’ flexible collection of handheld showerheads is available in several decorative finishes and designs.
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