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Fastrack - August 10, 2011

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7 Steps to Optimizing a Central Plant
August 10, 2011
7 Steps to Optimizing a Central Plant
By DAVE KLEE, LEED AP, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, Wis.
Central chilled-water plants often fail to maintain their anticipated efficiency level over time. This is because traditional methods of plant operation and maintenance treat the plant as a collection of disparate pieces of mechanical equipment. Engineers must look beyond the component level to reach today’s aggressive efficiency goals. Taking a holistic view of the central plant reveals many opportunities for savings that previously were unattainable. [MORE]
Survey: Firms Investing in Design Technology
Firms engaged in architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting are investing in design technologies to keep up with the competition and take their offerings to "the next level," a recent online survey reveals. [MORE]
ASHRAE Seeking Papers for Cold-Climate Conference
Papers on innovations in cold-climate HVAC design are sought for the seventh International HVAC Cold Climate Conference, to be held Nov. 12-14, 2012, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. [MORE]
NFPA Releases Additional Code Resources
The 2011, 2010, and 2009 National Fire Codes sets are now available in PDF format, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced. [MORE]
ASHRAE Names Distinguished Lecturers
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has named 12 new Distinguished Lecturers, individuals available to speak to Society chapters on topics impacting the HVACR industry. [MORE]
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BIM 3D CAD files for connectors, valves, joints and more Expansion joints, pump connectors, flow conditioning connectors, valves, compensators, pipe guides, air vents, Metraloop expansion joints, v-loop expansion joints and so many more. BIM 3D CAD drawings in different file types for virtually every product. Create sophisticated engineered piping layouts. Be more competitive. Put BIM 3D CAD drawings into your designs. Go to and take a test drive.--The Metraflex Company
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