As hydronic designers and technicians, our priorities are increasing customer comfort and system efficiency — and air elimination should be at the top of our lists. If we implement best practices, our customers will have trouble-free and efficient hydronic systems.
Read through ASHRAE 188 and CDC guidelines to better serve your clients and protect the public from Legionnaires’ Disease.
December 4, 2023
As plumbing flow rates have declined since the passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1991, the potential for Legionella growth in building plumbing systems has risen. Engineers must consider this — as well as scald risk and chemical eradication of the bacteria — when designing plumbing systems.
Design, installation and maintenance are all important for properly operating a building’s hot water system. Who an owner hires to maintain the building is critical. Most maintenance personnel may not know how to troubleshoot hot water issues properly. Ron George has provided a checklist for domestic hot water systems’ design, installation and commissioning.
Hot water temperature maintenance systems often contribute to scalding injuries and Legionnaires’ Disease cases through inoperable circulating pumps and problematic balancing valves. Read on for Ron George’s insight into these systems.
Proper prevention becomes a primary defense of the bacteria, terminating it when it does occur and ideally eliminating the potential of its growth.
October 2, 2023
The proper prevention of bacteria growth is achieved by proper system design, system maintenance and added system solutions. However, the effectiveness of these treatments, solutions and processes can vary with the different types of buildings and applications. They can have negative effects if applied incorrectly. Read on for tips on applying these solutions.
Designing domestic hot water systems for these buildings has challenges, but several best practices can help ensure success.
September 4, 2023
Plumbing engineers must consider many things when designing a high-rise building’s hot water heating and supply system. Understanding the different piping systems and using industry best practices will assist in a successful project.
The restroom ‘ick factor’ may be why 82% of adults believe including touchless fixtures in a public restroom is important.
August 7, 2023
Americans continue to have elevated expectations for washroom cleanliness and maintenance. Touchless fixtures are a must as people; all-in-one handwashing systems fulfill that requirement and reduce maintenance.
Architects and engineers must coordinate venting/exiting requirements for natural gas equipment and building openings/intakes in the design phase
July 1, 2023
Natural gas-fired and electric boilers and water heaters have specific space and venting requirements to keep building occupants safe. Architects and engineers need to discuss these issues during the design phase to ensure aesthetics and safety issue are all considered.
It’s important to consider the overall sustainability goals of a project when
selecting strategies to pursue certification.
July 1, 2023
Effectively managing a building’s storm drainage can boost the number of points to achieve LEED certification. Discover the various categories where siphonic roof drains can rack up points for a silver or gold building in this article.