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Demystifying Puget Sound Energy Grants

by Jeff Yirak, P.E., CPMP, LEED AP BD+C, O+M I’m currently working on Virginia Mason’s new Bainbridge Island Medical Center. For this project, our client applied for a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) energy grant. I had heard the process can be cumbersome, with lots of forms, extra coordination, and all around more work for the […]

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The Benefits of Building Envelope Commissioning

By Michael Nelson, CBST, guest author The process of commissioning is typically associated with energy-related MEP systems like HVAC, domestic hot water, lighting, and potential renewable energy generation systems. However, building envelope commissioning is another path that can greatly improve building performance. Investing in a good envelope improves indoor comfort and air quality as well […]

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Save Your Data! Fire Protection for Data Centers

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Many of us have experienced the instant dread and gut-wrenching anguish of such an error message appearing on our computer screens, and escalating frustration as realization sets in; now you get to type that report all over again. Multiply those feelings by […]

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Canary in the Computer Room: How Smoke Detection Systems Can Save the Day

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Data centers and computer server rooms play a pivotal role in an organization’s infrastructure. System failures can wreak havoc in lost time and money. A fire in a data center or server room is the ultimate bad day. Wouldn’t it be great […]

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Tidal Energy: The New Sustainable Resource

by Matthew J. Woo, P.E., RCDD, LEED AP BD+C This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Identifying and implementing wide–scale, alternative-energy sources may be the greatest global imperative of our time. Why? We are in danger of damaging our earth’s atmosphere and water from global air pollution caused by carbon dioxide emissions and […]

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The Next Frontier: Energy Storage

by Paul Greenwalt, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. We have made great strides toward reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency in building equipment and systems. Revisions to energy codes and building standards, metrics like LEED, and the economic incentive of energy costs savings have helped forge this path. At […]

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Commissioning to Optimize Business Workflow, Part 2: Performance Testing

by Bob Eastman and Jeff Yirak, P.E., CPMP, LEED AP BD+C, O+M This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Commissioning’s heavy lifting comes during the construction/installation phase, in validating that a system is performing and functioning as per the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR). For Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems, the basic element […]

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Commissioning for End-User Productivity – Part 1: Programming and Design Review

by Bob Eastman and Jeff Yirak, P.E., CPMP, LEED AP BD+C, O+M This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Clients across many market sectors now recognize the value and benefit of the commissioning process. The value is an impartial review of the programming, design, and documentation of installed building systems. The benefit is […]

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Playing with Fire: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for Fire Protection

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Fire is a chemical reaction that can take on a life of its own, growing and spreading wherever it can. It symbolizes different things in our lives, with its ability to provide warmth and light as well as its power to destroy. […]

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