Ruskin® Attends Florida Healthcare Engineering Association Trade Show

This week the Ruskin® team attended the FHEA (Florida Healthcare Engineering Association), Trade Show. The goal of the FHEA is to advance the development of healthcare engineering through effective communication, educational opportunities and establishment of professional standards.

Ruskin® was showing off some of its dampers and louvers suitable for Florida Healthcare construction projects. Peter Blaha, Ruskin® Product Marketing Manager demonstrated some of Ruskin’s Louvers that have a Miami Dade Notice of acceptance, which is a state approval of products related to structural wind resistance of buildings. Ruskin’s Hurricane and Wind-Driven Rain Louvers hold up under pressure in severe weather events by preventing and minimizing wind and rain damage. Ruskin® Louvers were actually the FIRST louvers in the industry to gain approval in Miami-Dade County and continue to meet customers’ needs and requirements!

Watch a YouTube video of the show

Protection from the unknown

We have all seen the images on the news of the destruction in Florida left behind by Hurricane Irma. This immense storm left after passing through, damage and flooding across the board with ten million residents without power. Perhaps the most frightening part of extreme weather and a storm like Irma is the unpredictable nature, about when it will occur and how severe the damage caused will be. People were torn between leaving their properties and places of business and even after government warnings some of them still stayed behind facing the unknown.

Engineers and architects know that the best approach to attacking an extreme situation is to prepare for all the risk factors, meaning designing buildings that can withstand high winds, impact, and other known extreme conditions.

Ruskin’s louver and damper products are designed and tested for extreme weather conditions and critical applications. Ruskin “Extreme Performance” Louvers and Dampers are recommended to meet or surpass requirements of severe weather conditions, and code requirements, such as the Florida Building Code, Texas Department Insurance, and Miami-Dade County approval. In fact, Ruskin’s louvers were the first in the industry to gain Miami-Dade County approval. The overall goal is to stop wind-driven rain and wind-borne debris from entering buildings while protecting critical facilities and paramount protecting life.

Leadership Lessons

Here is a picture of the Ruskin® Team in Kansas City, attending the Global Leadership Summit. At the Summit, we learned from leaders around the world, and Laszlo Bock, ex- Google HR guy. In his book Work Rules, he highlights the fact that complete open and transparent communication, along with real feedback, is a key to success.

I have learned a lot in managing and leading teams since 1996 when I had my first management job. I have learned that it is really about helping your teams help their people. Whether it is with mission and vision, strategy, or tactics, the best leaders are continually learning from experts in our ever changing world.

Five reasons I like Webinars

  1. Fast and focused way to learn

Webinars are a fast paced medium of learning and have been with us for several years now. Where time is a valuable commodity they offer a niche well-timed learning experience.

  1. Recorded electronic source I can watch on my phone

From a technology standpoint as technology has progressed we can now even watch a webinar on the screen of our cell phones while sitting on a bus if we so desired with a 4G internet connection. Using YouTube we can even hold a repository of past webinars to be replayed when desired. I can also contact the presenter in most cases with follow up questions and go further into a subject.

  1. I can pick the topics to learn

If there is something you wish to learn about, be it industry specific or not, you can find a webinar covering just about any topic.

  1. I can do it at night

Convenience is a word that sums up the experience saving participants from traveling to a learning environment. Audiences are not limited by numbers or distance and people can attend a webinar event from just about anywhere in the World, at any time, without them or the host having to leave their office or even home.

  1. When I want to go further on the topic I can email or call the presenter

Webinars offer two-way interaction between the audience and presenters allowing for valuable structured question and answer sessions following presentations.

Ruskin® hosts a webinar series on the second Wednesday of every month offering learning on relevant HVAC topics. The next webinar on August 9th, 2017 will give attendees insight into the latest critical environment damper series, which offers products suited for corrosive prone, or sanitary based applications. The webinar will cover the product names and damper type, features and options that make them durable, and suitable applications. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1839671351862350338

The Benefits of Sunshades

As you can see by the pictures above, when a designer or architect uses Sunshades (or Brise-soleil as they say in Europe) as part of a building’s design it can dramatically improve the exterior aesthetics of that building.

In addition to making the building look great, designers know how to also reduce energy usage of HVAC cooling units by applying best practices for passive sunlight control to help reduce glare and solar heat gain through glazing. This all reduces cooling energy load, and saves on building energy usage, a facility manager’s dream! With additional natural lighting benefits, this ultimately contributes to our main objective today, creating energy efficient buildings.

Taking the energy savings into consideration sunshades are a great way to accumulate LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) points for a project through the USGBC (United States Green Building Council). Sunshades tick the boxes for optimizing energy performance, using recycled content, regional content, daylight, and views. Sunshades can also be made to conform with ASHRAE 189.1, section 8.4.1/8.5.1 where shading with louvers and sunshades is detailed.

There are many varieties of sunshades which can be mounted both horizontally and vertically, as well as paint finishes to compliment any building’s appearance.  The use of factory supplied assembled, painted or in-house anodized sections assure that the submitted design is adhered to and meets local code requirements.

To learn a more about sunshades click here.