Learning from Energy Saving Museums
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...
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...