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Project Profile: Nederland Town Shop

Project Profile: Nederland Town Shop

Nederland Colorado’s old town shop had been declared irreparable, so a new building was needed for continued safe and reliable vehicle maintenance operations. Winter maintenance is key to keeping equipment operating—and keeping icy mountain roads clear. Additionally,...

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Energy Modeling and LEED Requirements

Energy Modeling and LEED Requirements

Buildings Tell a Story... Some are more vocal than others and some are more interesting than others. I often write about Energy Modeling for meeting code and LEED requirements.  DMA has done a lot of energy modeling in the past years of projects, for both CPACE and...

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Project Profile: CPACE at Work

Project Profile: CPACE at Work

Project Profile: C-PACE at Work: 860 Potomac in Aurora, CO The property, a 113,568-square-foot medical office building erected in 1992, received new packaged rooftop units and a new building energy management system under the C-PACE program. These improvements are...

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

What does healthy IAQ look like these days? Well, first we need to start with a baseline definition of indoor air quality. At DMA, IAQ is a measure of contaminants, and how these contaminants adhere to health standards. Contaminants run the spectrum — from a mere...

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How Outside Air Impacts Your Energy Efficiency

How Outside Air Impacts Your Energy Efficiency

Commercial buildings that were vacant during the pandemic are now welcoming back employees. Facility managers are focusing on ways to optimize indoor air quality to reduce the spread of illnesses like COVID-19. According to the CDC and ASHRAE, increasing outside air...

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Dilution: A Strategy to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

Dilution: A Strategy to Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

Data tells us that COVID-19 is an airborne virus, spread from person to person through droplets or what is known as bioaerosols. In a commercial building, we believe dilution is the key to any indoor air quality strategy.  With dilution, we can proactively replace...

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Retro-Commissioning Poor Performing Buildings

Retro-Commissioning Poor Performing Buildings

Health Care Trust of America Project We’ve all heard the phrase, “Grow up and become a productive member of society.” But what does this mean for buildings? It is our belief that structures we work, live, and play in should abide by a responsibility to our planet....

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Reopening Your Building: HVAC Considerations

Reopening Your Building: HVAC Considerations

Some buildings, such as hospitals, grocery stores, and essential services have remained open during the pandemic. It’s critical that our essential workers be kept safe and comfortable.  Here are some recommendations from DMA:   Increase outdoor air ventilation and...

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The Beast is out of the Bottle: Time to focus on IAQ

The Beast is out of the Bottle: Time to focus on IAQ

COVID-19 can be transmitted through the air in bioaerosols — we now know that. The beast is out of the bottle and it’s been very hard to contain. The way we live, eat, breathe, and sleep has changed fundamentally since the beginning of this year. Our way of being has...

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Is Your Building Safe to Reopen?

Is Your Building Safe to Reopen?

How do you know if your building is safe to reopen?  Do you have a documented Epidemic Operating Conditions in Place (ECiP) to open and maintain your building during the pandemic?  Current industry recommendations are changing and there are simple solutions to ensure...

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