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Generator HUB: the Critical Building We Hope to Never Use

Summary The hospital is rapidly expanding and needs emergency power to support numerous building projects. The restrictive site and the focus to maintain campus aesthetics and minimize noise to support patient comfort and recovery provided challenges for airflow, sound restrictions, and...


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University of Massachusetts, Amherst North Chiller Plant

Summary University of Massachusetts Amherst is the Commonwealths’ flagship campus and has been recognized for continuously incorporating sustainability principles into its district energy systems. The newest project known as the North Chiller Plant is prominently located in a visible portion of...


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Ready for What If - We Own What?? How the University of Florida Documented 75 years of Underground A

Summary The University of Florida just finished assessing, documenting, and mapping thousands of underground district energy assets and tied all of the data together into one go-to resource using a Geographical Information System (GIS). Tying 3-D revit models, asset condition assessments and...


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Garbage In = Garbage Out; Understanding the Effects of Uncertainty

Summary Operators and engineers rely heavily on the data provided by their meters, gauges, and other field devices. It is their eyes and ears to the condition of their systems. Not realizing if this data is faulty, exposes the systems to not only inefficient operation, but potentially dangerous...


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Migrating from Unitary Chilled Water to Centralized Distribution at the University of Georgia

Summary The University of Georgia has a long history of providing conditioned space via chilled water. The campus has evolved through various chilled water systems including individual building chillers, connected buildings with simple controls, regional pumping and distribution systems, and...


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Understanding the Impacts on US and Canadian Case Studies

Summary LEED Version 4 is now the current version of LEED for all new projects. LEED V4 brings many changes for interested district energy systems such as the forced phase-out of CFC’s, the ability to meet prerequisites with district energy alone, and more stringent energy requirements. This...

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RMF Engineering Announces Leadership Transition

Press Release, RMF Engineering Baltimore - RMF Engineering announced today that Kenneth E. Pitz has been named President and CEO of the full-service engineering firm. Pitz will succeed Duane Pinnix , who will remain with the firm as a Principal and member of the Board of Directors. The...

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Constructing a New Utility Tunnel on an Active Medical Campus

Summary Presented at IDEA's Campus Energy Conference Distribution Workshop March 5, 2018. Speakers Ken Balenske, RMF Engineering Inc. Mark Johnson & Darren Morton, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. #CampusEnergyConference #ConferenceProceeding #2018 #Workshop #ThermalDistribution ...


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University of Vermont Central Utility Plant: A Half-Century of Growth, Innovation, and Efficiency

Summary The University of Vermont recently celebrated the expansion of its central chilled water plant. The plant building itself was constructed in 1901 as a theater and became a gymnasium in 1915. It has served as the central heating and cooling plant for 50 years and now houses five steam...


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Underneath the ivy

This article appears in the Q1 2018 edition of District Energy magazine . Early adopters of district energy, Ivy League schools continue expanding and improving their underground distribution networks. Ivy League colleges and universities are some of the oldest and most renowned in the...