Engineers have a lot on their plates. As manufacturer's reps, it's our job to help make that burden a little easier by providing expert engineering design assistance, design tools and product comparisons. We all want the best possible solution for building projects, whether it be a small commercial office building, a large hospital or several university campus buildings. So, to make the job a little easier, here are a few free tools and apps you may find helpful for your next design project.
Franklin Control Systems is now shipping the new Q-Link Variable Frequency Drive (and Heat Transfer Sales will have some in inventory!). This is big news for HVAC design engineers and building owners who want a game-changing user experience.
We all know it's important to take some time to keep current on the latest tools, trends and equipment in the industry. Here are two webinars coming up that may be of interest to design engineers:
You’ve already determined that hydronic heating is what you need. And you probably agree that a high efficiency condensing boiler is a no-brainer. You may have even decided that you want a top-of-the-line product backed by a name you can trust. But what other things should you consider when selecting a high-efficiency boiler for your commercial applications?
School environments are a critical part of student learning. Some studies show that classroom temperatures do potentially influence student test performance and memory ability. Additionally, high levels of humidity can lower concentration and increase sleepiness. High lead levels in drinking water can have serious consequences for children. Prolonged exposure to lead can cause neurological problems, heart disease, kidney disease and reduced fertility. Poor school building conditions have even been associated with student absenteeism. It’s no wonder that school systems in the Carolinas are putting extensive resources into the acquisition, maintenance and repair of water, HVAC and plumbing systems.
It seems everyone in building design these days is looking for energy savings, lower carbon footprints and better comfort levels for building occupants.Installing infrared heating and
I’m not one for fancy window treatments. I can’t even describe the shades in my own house. What’s a cornice? How did those Romans get their own special shade? I do know a little about the sun’s azimuth and we can discuss fenestration all day. From an HVAC point of view, the idea of hanging cloth over a window is to keep the sun’s energy out of the occupied space. In fact, people have been using curtains for thousands of years to define space, create privacy and to keep the sun from heating indoor space. The first curtains many centuries ago were made from animal hides placed over doorways.
Today, you can get almost everything from the Internet. And, with the help of do-it-yourself warehouses and enterprising You-Tubers, you can pretty much get a home improvement project done in a weekend or two by yourself. We’re rapidly becoming a society who doesn’t need any help from outside sources. We can print our own legal documents, build our own bookshelves at home, fix our leaking pipes and sell our own houses. And, for the most part, it works pretty well.
Air curtains can save energy by keeping conditioned air in the building when the doors are open. But what are best design practices and reasonable applications for this energy-saving product?