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Texas LoanSTAR Monitoring and Analysis Program: Monitoring Equipment Installation Manual (October 1994)
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The Texas LoanSTAR (Loans to Save Taxes and Resources) Program is a $98.6 million revolving loan fund to finance energy conservation retrofits in Texas government buildings. The loans are repaid through energy cost savings resulting from the retrofits. These energy cost savings are verified through an extensive metering and monitoring program conducted by the Texas A&M University Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL). The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and its for-profit subsidiary, the NCAT Development Corporation, have been the principal monitoring instrumentation subcontractors to ESL throughout the Program's life.
DescriptionThis manual has been prepared by the NCAT Development Corporation to document the monitoring equipment installation techniques and approaches used by NCAT and ESL in the LoanSTAR program and is based on actual in-field experiences. It is more than simply an installation manual, however. It is really a process handbook. For example, copies of all forms and documentation used in the installation process are included and instructions for their use are provided. Essentially, this manual is designed to be used as a guidebook by future monitoring subcontractors in the LoanSTAR Program to ensure both continuity of methodology and instrumentation technology. Each step in the monitoring equipment installation process is described and extensive "how-to" information is provided. Illustrations accompany the text throughout the manual.
National Center for Appropriate Technology
NCAT Development Corporation
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Bohmer, C.; Lippman, R.; McBride, J.; Casebolt, C. (1994). Texas LoanSTAR Monitoring and Analysis Program: Monitoring Equipment Installation Manual (October 1994). Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu), Texas A&M University; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from