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Building Pressurization, you know, Basic Stuff

  • March 29, 2019

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 188). In the excitement of IOT, AI and Smart buildings why are we ignoring the fact that BMS (BAS in North America) doesn’t prevent simultaneous heating & cooling and building & room pressurization is not achieved, stable, tested or monitored?  The property…

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Commissioning Industry Chaos

  • March 21, 2019

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 187). The Commissioning industry is utter chaos. Competence levels are all over the place, there is no central, agreed definition of Commissioning nor is there a generally agreed central qualification analogous to a C.Eng, PE or P.Eng. Recently I was asked to…

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Recommended Read: The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

  • March 12, 2019

Anyone with children or who wants to try and understand the enormity of climate issues in a globally, interconnected world must read this book. It does a great job of explaining how environmental degradation and climate issues are a classic “tragedy of the commons” situation. If you think being vegan and driving a…

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Smart Buildings or just Creepy?

  • March 8, 2019

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 185). What are you willing to give up to live or work in a smart building?  IMHO, there are two possible futures, one cool (maybe) and the other dystopian. Which one are we moving towards? A smart building is the convergence of…

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Everyone is in Sales

  • March 1, 2019

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 184). You have a technical degree plus five years training and a professional engineering license or certification, are you a skilled professional or are you in sales?  IMHO you are both, everyone is in sales!  Sometimes I see Engineers and Technologist basking…

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