Even though the chiller can have the largest peak load of any component in a chiller plant, it may not be the largest contributor to total annual energy consumption.
Intelligent Building solutions are becoming increasingly popular, and ESD has been involved with instituting a number of them in office buildings, including at the Zurich North America headquarters.
Companies look at space, whether for desks, server rooms or beyond, as revenue generators. So when firms can do more with less space – such as when they use lithium-ion batteries in uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems -- they take notice.
Chiller plant design can be challenging; one may not know where to start. Below are the five design considerations to get going.
Office buildings are often technologically complex, so it’s always good to gather experienced engineers to discuss present trends and future possibilities in these important spaces.
As more mergers take place, the number of potential data center clients has declined over the years. Once in the hundreds, the number has fallen to 50.
As information-technology equipment becomes more robust, it is better able to handle humidity in its area and is less likely to suffer an outage that can hamper a business.
Safe, reliable operation of electrical systems is the ultimate goal of the commissioning process, and one of the key elements is NETA (InterNational Electrical Testing Association) testing.
Engineering firms abound, but those that excel find a niche that serves clients.
“Failure” is a common word – one commonly understood by the layperson. Something broke, and some broader system stopped functioning as a result. My pencil broke, so I can’t write words (I can’t hold the pencil nub). My car’s lug nuts sheared and the tire fell off, so it doesn’t work as a car anymore. There’s a hole in my shoe, and now if I step in a puddle, my foot gets wet.
As global data center markets continue to see new demand, the value of experts sharing their insights about best industry practices increases.
Many will be captivated by the beauty of the next generation of tall buildings – but few will understand they couldn’t exist without the latest, greatest iteration of building systems.
Certification to UL 3223 will help mitigate risk for data center owners and operators by providing a set of criteria to increase end-user transparency, provider accountability, and proper data center documentation.
Many cities across the world are committed to reducing carbon emissions – and Chicago is no exception.
For marketing to succeed, engaging current customers is crucial; it builds loyalty and helps bring a positive return on investment. But what are the best ways to achieve customer engagement?
Technology and MEP infrastructure constitute the majority of costs on most tenant improvement projects, which makes it important for all project team members to get together before a lease is signed.
In 2017, UL announced a partnership with ESD to develop a new data center certification program that aims to provide end-user transparency, provider accountability and proper data center documentation. Next week, ESD and UL representatives will share their insights on the program at a major conference.
Improving the efficiency of building systems is always the goal of building owners, facility managers and others – and Jim Vallort knows how they can achieve that goal.
Conversations in the office can be as lighthearted as chatting about the Super Bowl in the café. But there are also highly important discussions that need to take place.
There's been plenty of discussion around three relatively new health and wellness certifications - WELL, Fitwel and RESET. Given that people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors and their lack of health and wellness can account for billions of dollars in productivity losses annually, the discussion is no surprise
Being appointed to a position by the mayor of a major city is quite an honor.
Magazines often need guidance from experts to help put out the most compelling and relevant articles for readers.
ESD always enjoys promoting from within. This year, 25 employees have earned new job titles.
Engineering has often been considered a male-dominated industry, but women are increasingly being promoted to important executive positions.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago will implement an Energy Rating System that makes energy use information for large buildings easily accessible to residents while encouraging energy savings, a move applauded by ESD’s Energy+Eco Group.
Commissioning is a growing industry. According to Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine, the top 25 Cx firms made $331.9 million in revenue during the latest fiscal year, a 10 percent jump from the top 25 firms in 2016.
ESD is thrilled to announce that consulting and design engineer veteran Doug Ekstrom is now leading our growing Dallas office as its Operations Director.
Mechanical, electricity, plumbing and fire-protection work is a mainstay for many engineering firms – including ESD.
One of the first services ESD Consulting created was Data Center Development Services (DCDS)...
ESD has worked on a sizable amount of LEED-certified projects in Chicago...