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Learning from Energy Saving Museums

posted by Roger Chang, November 21, 2012 at 12:00 am.

One of my fondest memories as a child was visiting the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. I was amazed seeing the rockets that had flown into space, and in awe that they were now in a special home designed just for them.

Now, 25 years later, I have the fortune to be involved in the design of museums across the country. There’s nothing like the joy of seeing young people absorbing new knowledge in a museum.

Yet, today, museums are faced with far greater challenges than ever before--tight operating budgets, rising energy costs, inadequate training for facility managers, and a...

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recool

posted by Roger Chang, November 20, 2012 at 12:00 am.

In November of 2010, while working late with one of my colleagues, I started to comment on how challenging it was to find information on HVAC products. All of the data we had was from product manufacturers, with sometimes a significant amount of marketing spin. Amazon.com had become pervasive in my family's life, especially reading reviews from other customers. I began to wonder why there wasn't a similar resource for the commercial building market. At about the same time, while reviewing energy code, we wondered why there was mention of reheat, but not recool. Recool had a great ring to...

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