Technical & White Papers

Burns & McDonnell employee-owners take pride in taking leadership roles in the varied industries they serve. Technical papers and presentations exemplify that leadership effort.

  • April 22, 2014

    If you are the owner or a facility manager of a building that was not originally commissioned, efficiency issues with your facility will cost you a significant amount every year in lost energy and sub-optimal building performance. That waste is permanent — and unnecessary. Fortunately, the retro-commissioning (RCx) process provides a path to resolve these issues and produce a return that pays for itself.

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  • March 24, 2014

    White paper: New or additional infrastructure funding is hard to come by, but it is possible to build momentum for new funding by positioning investment benefits in ways that are understandable and compelling to stakeholders.

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  • March 10, 2014

    A case study of a refinery incorporating two water treatment systems, one for cooling tower make-up and one for boiler feed.

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  • March 7, 2014

    White paper: Campus facility management staff are under increasing pressure to reduce operational costs, save energy and plan for future facility growth. Balancing these demands requires careful planning and development of sound strategies. Energy potential studies offer solutions in support of these goals to campus administrators through identification and prioritization of the campus energy and cost reduction opportunities.

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  • February 18, 2014

    The need for timely and accurate compliance data in the execution of large construction programs has led to the implementation of a GIS-based system for field collection and reporting of compliance data encompassing biological, air quality, water quality, cultural, safety and hazardous materials. The system virtually eliminates the need for paper maps and provides key information to decision-makers and project stakeholders.

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  • February 4, 2014

    White paper: A solid understanding of the commissioning (Cx) process — what it is and how it works — can provide a range of benefits for building owners and facility managers. Commissioning is a process designed to optimize the built environment for energy efficiency, leading to reduced energy costs and enhanced building performance. It is also a way to verify that a new building's processes operate according to the owner's project requirements (OPR).

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  • June 4, 2013

    Many large utility customers are considering microgrids to better manage energy usage and enhance power quality and system reliability. In addition to greater energy security, microgrids offer a variety of economic benefits ranging from greater efficiency of operation to the ability to facilitate participation in demand response and interruptible rate programs provided by the local utility.

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  • June 4, 2013

    Urban planners have many challenges when they work to revitalize the world's older cities. This white paper examines the benefits that a transmission-owning utility and the community it serves might achieve by selling wide urban transmission rights of way and using the proceeds to replace the older overhead lines with new underground lines in much smaller corridors.

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  • September 14, 2012

    Ten communities joined together to solve regional wastewater challenges, becoming national leaders in reducing nutrients in wastewater effluent.

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  • June 21, 2012

    White paper: On the eve of the release of the fourth generation of the Global Reporting Initiative's sustainability reporting framework, it's critical that companies are aware that this is the time that they will have an opportunity to influence these guidelines. Currently, 80 percent of the world's 250 largest companies publish sustainability reports aligned to GRI's framework, and some organizations and foreign stock exchanges require companies to report to GRI. Now — June 25-Sept. 25, 2012 — is your opportunity to influence these guidelines, during G4's second public comment period.

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  • March 30, 2012

    Remediation of sediment is an immense looming social cost. Dredging and capping are the major remedial alternatives for contaminated sediment. Costs for sediment remediation sites are driven by this question: "What is the footprint or volume of sediment to be addressed by remediation?"

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