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Simple Steps to Conserve Water in Your Commercial Building

Conserving water at your building is not only important for the environment, but it can also end up saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year. While it can be difficult to change the habits of the people working or living within the building, there are some simple steps you can do to ensure your business is using the least amount of water possible. Below, let's take a look at some steps you can take within your building to make sure you are not using more water than needed.

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St. Luke’s Sports & Event Center - Proctor, Minnesota

After 10 years of planning the hockey players, coaches, parents and visitors in the Proctor area are now being treated to a new arena, having spent nearly 45 years in a facility that had outlived its usefulness. Gausman & Moore provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fi re protection design and construction phase services for the new St. Luke’s Sports & Event Center, which opened in 2018. The arena features a new NHL-size sheet of ice.

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Project Management in Heavy Industry & Manufacturing

Engineering projects within the heavy industry and manufacturing sector take on many shapes and sizes. These projects, whether in a factory, foundry or other facility, often require different depths of expertise. Given the many variables associated with heavy industry and manufacturing projects, it’s important to have an effective project management plan. At Gausman & Moore one of our primary mechanical engineers, Andy Zurn, PE, has developed such a plan.

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How Can a Green Design Benefit Your Business?

Are you considering the possibility of incorporating a sustainable design into your business’s new building? Do you wonder what impact going green may have on the success of your business in the future? A sustainable design that uses renewable energy and other resources does have quite a few advantages.

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

Constructing a building is a massive undertaking with months and even sometimes years of planning, design, and construction. There are many moving parts and integral pieces so if there is a single misstep or miscommunication, the building project can experience costly delays or redesigns. Having clear and open communication is key. At Gausman and Moore, our professional engineers work together with the various disciplines needed to successfully complete a building. Outlined below is a list of the many ways our engineers encourage a cohesive team to reach the final goal.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: California’s Title 24 Building Standards

Following the creation of the California Energy Commission (CEC) in 1974, the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards were created by the state legislature in 1978 to uphold safe and green building standards for both residential and non-residential (commercial) buildings. The purpose behind these standards is to improve the performance of facilities and to improve environmental, human, and economic outcomes through operational efficiencies.

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Process Piping for Industrial Facilities

Most of us understand that many aspects of society still rely on oil and natural gas, but you may not realize the process of transporting them into and throughout a large facility. From chemical plants to food processing plants, most industrial facilities require professional process piping systems. These systems are used to transport materials, such as liquid and gas, however some systems are equipped to transport slurry and powders. Process piping is the safest way to transport these fluids and gases across manufacturing facilities.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: HVAC Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing

The testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) of a building’s HVAC system is one of the more critical phases when preparing the system for operation. This process involves various testing, adjusting, and balancing procedures to ensure all HVAC equipment and systems are operating correctly. With each of our building projects, our goal is to provide our customers with quality solutions to their TAB needs for their HVAC systems. Our process includes balancing air and water flow through the system, performance testing for all mechanical parts, and making adjustments to the system to verify all automatic controls function as required.

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What’s the Difference Between a Plumbing Engineer and a Plumber?

You have probably heard the terms plumber and plumbing engineer used throughout your career, however both are very different in terms of job duties. The term plumbing engineer isn’t simply a fancy way to refer to a plumber. The easiest way to understand the difference between the two is the plumbing engineer is the person who designs all gas- and water-related systems, and the plumber is the person who maintains the water-related systems (generally).

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Indoor Thermal Comfort

Energy efficiency in buildings is almost always a top priority for building owners and contractors alike. However, it is not fully effective when occupants are uncomfortable with the indoor environment. If an occupant is too warm or too cold in a space, he or she will take alternative routes of heating or cooling their area, such as with space heaters, fans, or window-mounted air conditioners. And those could be substantially worse for the building’s efficiency than typical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Building Orientation

Current statistics say that buildings (both residential and commercial) account for roughly 40 percent of worldwide energy usage, which is much higher than the energy use from transportation. In fact, the majority of the energy used by building structures comes from electricity usage, which greatly increases the facility’s carbon footprint. So what steps can be taken to combat this issue?

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Principles of Sustainable Design: High-Performance Buildings

High-performance buildings are optimized to function at the most efficient level possible. Additionally, high-performance buildings are often the outcome of an integrated design process, as we have previously discussed in this blog series. The main essence of designing in such a way comes down to thinking of a building as an ecosystem. It is a unit made up of many functioning parts, and when they all work efficiently and work together, there is harmony, so to speak. Subsequently, when changes are made to one part without considering the ramifications of that change, it could have a large impact on the rest of the building.

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Managing Client Expectations through Project Management

Taking on the role of a project manager can seem like a daunting task. Whether you are providing specialized services for a client or are part of a larger building construction team, at some point, you will be required to discuss and possibly manage a client’s project. It is important your team is providing the absolute best project management possible to ensure the client’s needs are met and that everyone is always on the same page. The following steps will help ease the communication process between you and the client and ensure their expectations are always being met.

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Getting to Know Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Learn how Building Information Modeling (BIM) is changing the construction management and engineering industry

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Energy Modeling

Create the most energy efficient building designs through energy modeling.

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