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Category Archives: Building Systems Commissioning

Tsunami of Science To Your Benefit

Musing on gravity waves, the question of the definition of gravity comes to mind. Is gravity an attraction force? Is it the earth’s gravity that draws material to its surface?   Or, is it possible observable gravity events are actually the consequence of an outside force pushing material to the surface of the earth?   […]

Gas Furnace Or Tiger By The Tail?

Gas furnaces are among the safest HVAC equipment in use anywhere, if all conditions are right. Because of widespread and common use, building owners take for granted reliable and safe operation. Let’s compare an electric furnace to its gas-fired counterpart. Electric Furnaces Electric furnace safety devices typically include circuit breakers to prevent fires due to […]

Nabber all you want about ‘green’ strategies. In the final analysis, building owners and investors want True Green.

While visiting business recently, an employee showing me around boasted of the green features incorporated into the construction of that particular building. He pointed to the floor tiles and said with a smile, “Our flooring was made of recycled materials.” To myself, I thought to ask, “Do you really believe there is a shortage of […]

Dr. Malow’s Hammer vs. The Scientific Method

Fewer than 1 percent of papers published in scientific journals follow the scientific method, according to research by Wharton School professor and forecasting expert J. Scott Armstrong. Professor Armstrong, who co-founded the peer-reviewed Journal of Forecasting in 1982 and the International Journal of Forecasting in 1985, made the claim in a presentation about what he […]

Freedom from the Myths of Anthropogenic Global Warming & Climate Change

Genuine science based on the geologic record trumps pseudo-science based on political suppositions. According to an article in ScienceMag.org titled Variations in the Earth’s Orbit: Pacemaker of the Ice Ages: “It is concluded that changes in the earth’s orbital geometry are the fundamental cause of the succession of Quaternary ice ages. A model of future […]

Economical Performance: Customer-Centered Serivces

Over my fifty years of service to customers, the traditional corporate business model has served to enrich the wealth of stockholders, often at the expense of the corporations’ customers. Such a business model rewards salespersons who sell products and services then rewards project managers to not deliver what the sales force sold. Salespeople are paid […]

Three Perils to Facilities – Lightning, EMP, and Solar Storms

NASA warns – History will repeat itself. “Electrical surges due to a solar storm shocked telegraph operators in 1859; today, they could wreak havoc on power grids and electronics.” Science Magazine http://ow.ly/QFZp306DEzv   There are three natural threats to our power systems and electronic systems so vital to our way of life. Starting from the […]

Choosing a Solution: Hammer & Nail or Engineering Approach?

Our scientific approach minimizes or eliminates the trial-and-error approach of “experience”. If you have money enough for a do-over, the hammer-and-nail approach will suit you. However, there is an option.

Metrics Separate Energy Savings Facts from Energy Savings Fiction

Innumerable sales people promote this or that energy-saving proposition for your building. How do you separate fact from fiction? It really isn’t that complicated.

Theft By Customer – You Didn’t Know?

Mr. Customer, you don’t want me to steal from you. Surely, you don’t want to steal from me, either.