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What Will Energy and Sustainability Mean Now?
Rob McAtee, Director of Energy and Sustainability Services at Mason & Hanger. In the face of a new administration following the U.S. Presidential election, I’ve seen letters and posts from many ...
Saving Water Saves Energy (and Vice-Versa)
Despite the recent, much-needed rains in the western part of our country, many areas have yet to fully recover from historic multi-year droughts. Partly as a result of these droughts, and also ...
Microgrids Boost Renewable Energy Roll-Out
It seems every journal I open gives at least a mention to microgrids. Whether in the context of renewable energy, resiliency, or infrastructure, microgrids are hailed as being the solution to our ...
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in Data Centers
Since we’re in the digital mood today, here’s a less-than-140-character introduction to computational fluid dynamics (CFD): CFD takes a very complex fluid dynamics problem and breaks it up into tiny ...
Data Center Energy Consumption
The digital revolution is here, and data is taking over. Human existence is being condensed, chronicled, and calculated, one bit at a time, in our servers and tapes. From several perspectives this is ...
The Decreasing Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Systems
It's a common belief in some corners that photovoltaic (PV) systems are "incredibly expensive" and "have a payback of more than 25 years." While in many regions of the country, the cost of power ...
Three Questions You Might Have About Building Sciences
What is computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling? Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling uses numerical methods to model almost any phenomena related to fluid flow and heat and mass transfer. ...
CHP – Today’s Major Player in the U.S. Energy Portfolio
A series of well-known facts: 1. Turbines and engines burn fuel to make electricity. 2. Burning fuel generates a lot of heat. 3. Heat is a useful source of energy.
The Rise of Energy Districts
Our nation’s electrical grid is an awesome creation that has transformed the landscape and brought prosperity to hundreds of millions. As an engineer, I am awed just thinking about the sheer scale of ...
At the Forefront of Sustainability - Carbon Accounting
LEED and sustainability were once newly discussed concepts that a handful of our clients were exploring; now they are at the forefront of our design process. Today, there is a new design ...
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