15 Best practices for
reducing plug loads.
16 The world’s first gas-powered data center.
18 Lighting retrofits power
Minneapolis energy savings.
20 Solar windows that
25 3 tips for daylighting
26 Emergency evacuation
27 4 HVAC tips to improve
10 EDITOR’S LETTER
What will the Year of the
Dog mean for FMs?
30 BOMA FILES
Take the W2 challenge.
54 PRODUCTS &
This month’s section
starts with a focus on
Internet of Things
devices and platforms.
58 FM TOOLBOX
Four free online tools for
energy management and
APPLE AMAZON GOOGLE
THE EMERGENCE OF VRF AS A VIABLE
THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF WIRELESS
ARE YOU THROWING MONEY IN THE
Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) is quickly becoming a
top HVAC choice since its first stateside implementation in 2002. With its improved flexibility making it a
viable choice for most types, sizes and locations of
buildings, VRF has outpaced the growth of other HVAC
technologies over the last decade. What makes VRF
ideal for such a wide range of buildings?
The Internet of Things has opened a gateway to connectivity that facility managers are only beginning to harness. With the ability to add a wireless sensor or control
to virtually any type of system, existing buildings are
ripe for retrofits. The key is to start with a clearly defined
strategy and then deploy your mesh network.
Waste management is prone to a number of potentially costly issues, from simple workflow inefficiency to
workplace injuries and environmental contamination.
Every company produces waste, but not every company has to be vulnerable to injury claims and environmental fines. Take a closer look at your waste stream – a
few simple changes could make a big impact.
COVER: The Do’s and Don’ts of Wireless Retrofits. Page 42. Cover Design by Elisa Geneser, Art Director.