Laboratory Commissioning: A Case Study

Lab 1

By: Nick Neiley

INTRO: Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP (HEA) provided building commissioning services for a large, higher education, laboratory facility. HEA was able to identify a major deficiency regarding the operation of the teaching laboratories.

PROBLEM: There are 23 teaching labs in the project scope that were outfitted with keyed occupancy switches. The intent was that the end user would turn the key switch for the fume hoods to unoccupied mode manually when the labs were not in use. During testing, HEA found that the key switches were not being used and had been locked in occupied mode. This resulted in the labs operating at full occupied airflow 24/7.

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HEA's Tylene Brown Empowers Young Students at the YWCA

By: Tylene Brown

Last month, I had the opportunity to present to a group of phenomenal students at the Brooklyn location of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA); a nationwide non–profit dedicated to empowering women. The presentation was a part of the Women’s history month celebrating achievements and exemplifying career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for young students (STEM).


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Challenge Accepted! Flickering LED Candle


Anthony is a Field Engineer with HEA and is currently working on commissioning several projects throughout NYC, including The Allen Hospital (NewYork-Presbyterian). This month, we are sharing a little about what he does when he’s off-duty – developing a flickering LED candle! Enjoy!

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Greenbuild 2014: Impressions and Lessons Learned


So it’s that time of the year again….leaves are changing colors….pumpkin everything is abound….and time for Greenbuild 2014! This is my third Greenbuild, with Toronto -2012 & Flipadelphia – 2013 (go Mets!) being my predecessors, so we were going into New Orleans – 2014 with a good idea of what to expect and how to “attack” the conference.

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