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IL PACE Financing Expands, Promoting ‘Green’ Improvements

March 23

IL PACE Financing Expands, Promoting ‘Green’ Improvements

PACE provides low-cost financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

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Is one of these quietly wasting $12,000/year in your data center?

September 23

Is one of these quietly wasting $12,000/year in your data center?

Thanks to industry leaders and groups like ASHRAE, best practice in data center HVAC has come a long way. Unfortunately, many older data centers and telecom facilities are cooled with constant-speed computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units with simple controls.

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Lower operating costs and improve operations with Trend Sumo

July 29

Lower operating costs and improve operations with Trend Sumo

Trend Sumo™, G/BA's new in-house analytics software, is an HVAC trend data review application tool built to identify faults and energy savings opportunities. 

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EPA ozone ruling may require action by Chicagoland organizations

July 7

EPA ozone ruling may require action by Chicagoland organizations

Effective Sept. 23, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reclassified Chicago’s ozone nonattainment status from “moderate” to “serious.” Affected counties and townships in Illinois include Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will, Aux Sable, Goose Lake, and Oswego.

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Mission Possible: Shuttered Hospital to COVID Surge Facility in Three Weeks

June 11

Mission Possible: Shuttered Hospital to COVID Surge Facility in Three Weeks

Grumman/Butkus Associates’ engineering team recently played a pivotal role in a once-in-a-lifetime project: Turning the shuttered Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park, IL, into a 430-bed COVID-19 surge response facility in less than a month.

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Consider water quality when reopening closed buildings

May 8

Consider water quality when reopening closed buildings

As states and municipalities begin to ease COVID-related business restrictions, or at least to contemplate plans for “reopening,” owners of all types of facilities that have been vacant should take measures for preventing bacterial issues related to water stagnation, including Legionella contamination.

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COVID-19 Strategies for Healthcare Facilities

April 3

COVID-19 Strategies for Healthcare Facilities

As health systems scramble to cope with current or anticipated surges of patients infected with COVID-19, engineering strategies are emerging. 

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How Trend Analysis Leads to Better and Lower Cost Operations

September 18

How Trend Analysis Leads to Better and Lower Cost Operations

G/BA's Trend Sumo℠ software makes comprehensive analysis of air-handling unit trends faster, better, and cheaper than before.

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Hotel Headaches: Handling Electrical and Plumbing Issues

August 1

Hotel Headaches: Handling Electrical and Plumbing Issues

G/BA engineers have developed strategies to help with common pain points for hotel and resort facility managers.

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Hospitality Headaches: Addressing Mechanical Issues

July 24

Hospitality Headaches: Addressing Mechanical Issues

G/BA engineers have developed strategies to help with common pain points for hotel and resort facility managers.

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Why and How to Verify Circuit Breaker Settings

March 5

Why and How to Verify Circuit Breaker Settings

Checking breakers against a short circuit and coordination study is a crucial step to ensuring safe and efficient electrical systems.

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ComEd funds studies for combined heat and power (CHP) systems

October 16

ComEd funds studies for combined heat and power (CHP) systems

ComEd continues to offer incentives for feasibility study of combined heat and power (CHP) systems, sometimes referred to as cogeneration or “cogen” systems.

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Meet PACE: A New Option for Funding Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects

October 9

Meet PACE: A New Option for Funding Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects

PACE financing allows property owners to use government taxing authority to the property owner's advantage.

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New Outbreaks Highlight Legionella Risk

August 24

New Outbreaks Highlight Legionella Risk

Legionella, the bacterium that causes serious illnesses including Legionnaire’s Disease, thrives in contaminated water

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