Pros and Cons of Open Building Automation Systems

Open Building Automation Systems: Pros, Cons and Considerations By Ruth Seeley   Determining the best building automation system (BAS) for your building’s next 20 years means…

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Save Time and Money When You Use BIMs During Prefabrication

How to Properly Utilize BIMs During Prefabrication By Freedom Ahn Building design and construction management are leaning more heavily on prefabrication and modular construction…

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Performing a Pipe Stress Analysis

How to Perform a Pipe Stress Analysis: Dos and Don'ts By Patti Dees Pipe stress analysis looks at how plumbing and other piping systems react to stresses. Also referred to as…

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Designing an Energy Efficient Chiller Plant

Chiller Plant Design Considerations By Ruth Seeley   By piping centrally generated chilled water through a building to serve individual tenant spaces, single floors or…

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Benefits of Tankless Water Heaters

Why You Should Consider Tankless Water Heaters and Their Benefits By Freedom Ahn Tankless water heaters provide an energy-efficient option for hot water demands, delivering…

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The Benefits of Displacement Ventilation on IAQ

Understanding Displacement Ventilation and its Optimization By Freedom Ahn In any structure, ventilation is a prime concern for the comfort and health of the occupants.…

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Hydronic Heating and Cooling System Trends in 2019

Hydronics Trends in 2019 By Ruth Seeley Hydronic heating and cooling systems can ensure a building’s energy efficiency while reducing costs and increasing sustainability. In some…

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The Costs, Challenges, and Benefits of Greywater Systems

How a Greywater System Can Affect Your Budget By Erica Corder Water conservation is increasingly important under the strain of a growing population. But creative conservation…

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Fluid Dynamics for Piping Design

A Guide In Piping System Design By Patti Dees Proper piping system design is critical for efficient movement of chilled or hot water in HVAC systems. Relevant codes and standards…

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The Steel Alternative: PP-R Piping a Stable Alternative?

The Steel Alternative: PP-R Piping a Stable Alternative? By Patti Dees PP-R (polypropylene random copolymer) pipes are durable and safe and provide benefits over steel or copper…

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High Performance VAV Systems Energy Savings

Case for High Performance VAV Systems By Richard Ashworth Variable Air Volume systems are ideal for commercial types of environments where zoning is needed. When set up properly…

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What Is a Zero-Net Energy Building? (And How Does It Help Build a Cleaner World?)

Building a Cleaner World: Zero-Net-Energy Buildings By Freedom Ahn Reducing the carbon footprint of businesses and residences is one of the highest priorities for many new build…

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What California’s Energy Code Means for Commercial and Nonresidential HVAC

By Ruth Seeley Designed to reduce “wasteful and unnecessary energy consumption,” the California Energy Code updated its Building Energy Efficiency Standards this year. The 2019…

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Therma Holdings LLC Acquires VarcoMac LLC

Expands Service Offering and Geographic Presence SAN JOSE, Calif.—September 4, 2019 – Therma Holdings LLC (“Therma”), a portfolio company of Gemspring Capital, today announced…

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How to Factor Lighting Into Your Cooling Loads

By Erica Corder Lighting is one of the largest sources of energy consumption in commerce. In fact, the most recent data from the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey…

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Boilers: Types, Applications, and Efficiencies

By Patti Dees Commercial boilers are a staple for providing hot water or steam for large institutions and buildings. Applications range from space heating to manufacturing…

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Selecting Chillers, Chilled Water Systems, And Their Calculations

By Patti Dees Chilled water systems improve process efficiency by removing heat from-high-load areas in processing and HVAC systems. Specific building requirements will determine…

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Understanding Ultraviolet (UV-C) Light and Its Benefits

by Donna Rider Ultraviolet light is a misunderstood and under-utilized tool for improving indoor air quality. There are various reasons to take advantage of the possibilities…

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Low- and Zero-Cost Ways to Save Energy in Buildings

HVAC systems account for most of a building’s energy costs, with some estimates as high as 60%. Heating and cooling air are energy-intensive processes requiring multiple…

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Impact of Automation System Speed

By Trevillian Highter An automation system may be either sluggish or too fast, causing disruption. Additionally, it consists of various components, including the final control…

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MAUs are units meant to supply conditioned air, whose temperature and humidity is completely controlled, into a building, in order to replace the air that has been removed by the…

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VFDs use an AC motor to control pumps and fans in a system without using valves and dampers. VFDs can create the same energy flow without the high pressure and power needed to…

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Last week, we said farewell to Jesus Ornelas with a plaque of appreciation and lunch at Taqueria Tlaquepaque surrounded by his friends. After 18 years of hard work and leadership…

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Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), or AC Drives, are used far less frequently than fixed speed controllers. However, VFDs can significantly reduce energy use, creating savings in…

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If you’re considering improving your HVAC equipment with a variable-speed compressor upgrade, it’s important to remember that adding a variable-speed fan is essential. Check out…

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Therma has been sponsoring Kids Bike Lane (KBL) for over a decade. KBL is a non-profit organization that partners with charities, shelters, police departments, and schools to…

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Let's get this party started right?! with our Start-Up & Commissioning team... Making the final transition from construction completion to operation is the crowning point of…

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By taking advantage of our onsite sheet metal shop, cleanroom and skid manufacturing capabilities we are able to build validated biotech skids from start to finish without ever…

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After 21 years of hard work with Therma, Paul O'Farrell kicked off his retirement with some of his closest friends and coworkers yesterday. He's the kind of guy you can always…

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Variable-speed technology has become an essential component in the effort to improve HVAC equipment efficiency. The term “variable-speed” applies to two different components in an…

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In addition to the refrigerants outlined above, the industry is working on stable refrigerant alternatives, including unsaturated hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFO) and…

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Did you know that Therma sponsors San Jose State University's Spartan Racing? Their team works year-round investing an immense amount of time designing, building, and testing a…

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Having the proper frequency of scheduled maintenance visits from our Therma service team can prevent costly breakdowns, reduce energy bills, extend the life of your system and…

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With the rainy season upon us, it's important to make sure your storm drains are free of debris and prepared to handle the onslaught of water. Therma's plumbing service department…

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Switching from a conventional refrigerant to a low-GWP alternative can be confusing and complex. The first consideration usually focuses on achieving the same level of cooling…

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Hydro & vacuum excavation is a non-mechanical, non-destructive process that uses pressurized water and industrial strength vacuum to simultaneously excavate and evacuate soil. As hydro excavation safely breaks up soil, the soil and water slurry is conveyed by vacuum to a debris tank. This is a great method for excavating under the concrete slab of your building to repair failed piping in lieu of cutting structural concrete. #concrete #buildings #pressure #soil #vacuum #structures #excavation

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Therma's Southern California office continues to grow serving clients from Thousand Oaks to Pasadena, and Santa Monica to San Diego. This team is here to extend Therma's helping hand throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area. #losangeles #service #helpinghand

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Deanna Rubio, Dennis Lopez, Ryan Seithel, David Wurnitsch, Mark Ross, and Bruce Murdock all hosted clients at this year's annual Asian Commercial Professionals golf tournament at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. Therma's theme this year was Mardi Gras. Everyone loved the Thermacanes 🍹and our minute-to-win-it game ⛳

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Last week, Therma welcomed San Jose City College's HVAC class for an introduction to the industry. Tim Jones, our head of HVAC Service, and Mark Goupil, our head of HVAC Operations, gave a presentation on the wide variety of work mechanical contractors do. Then we took the students on a tour of our prefab shop so they could see it all first hand. We are excited to inspire the next generation of workers.
#inspiration #hvac #contractors #sjcc #education

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With our CO2 and fiber lasers, we can cut any depth into material from complete penetration to surface scribing. One of the most useful functions of the laser is scribing guides for our skilled welders to quickly fit up and weld joints, like you see here. This eliminates the need to manually fit up the adjoining material, which saves time and improves accuracy. #fiberlasers #scribe #welding

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For decades, filtration, ventilation and humidity control have served as the foundation of an efficacious commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) program. However, none of these strategies can effectively contain biological contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungi. Learn more about how to improve your indoor air quality with UV lighting.

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In our cleanroom, we have the ability to orbital weld tube and burn flanges up to 6". How cool is that?

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Commercial building construction can be reduced from a multi-step, multi-team approach subject to weather delays and on-site fabrication to a basic support and wall unit installation process. This rapid construction technique exploits the versatility and strength of insulated metal panels.
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Therma is building a modular chiller skid that is going to interface with a process reactor skid we've recently built and installed in our client's lab. The reactor skid needs to run at very precise temperature and this chiller is going to be part of a system that will regulate it.
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We were happy to host property managers from Cushman & Wakefield yesterday for a tour of our facility and a Lunch & Learn focusing on plumbing basics. Mike Fisher, our EVP of Service & Safety, led the shop tour while Dave McCall, of Plumbing Service, taught us the ins and outs of plumbing. Thank you Tiffany Lauchlan for all your help. #plumbing #propertymanagers #lunchandlearn

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Anthony, one of Therma's seasoned pipe fitters, is using our new GF IR-225 to join a pair of 160mm PVDF elbows. We make large high purity process systems, both in pipe size and project scope.

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Choosing the right HVAC contractor can be a challenge. The challenges of balancing cost, experience, professionalism and competency can be difficult when trying to figure out which contractor is right for your specific needs. When choosing a contractor, factors such as pricing and experience are just a couple of items to look for.

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These VAVs are equipped with building automation controls that regulate temperature and flow rate. Each control box can run on its own or be connected to a network and controlled from a central hub. Building automation is smarter, easier and more efficient.
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Passive solar heating uses energy from the sun for temperature control in buildings. These heating systems make use of the energy transfer and storage properties of building materials and air to utilize solar energy in simple systems that require no mechanical control apparatus, have minimal moving parts and require little maintenance.
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Last Friday was Judy Gonzales's last day at Therma after 37 years. Judy is going to be missed by everyone here and we wish her all the best in her retirement. Check out the article below to learn more about Judy's time at Therma.

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Sustainable development represents a necessary ideal of the modern world: how do we continue the trajectory of continuous socio-economic growth without depleting or damaging the resources that allow us to do so? In order to achieve sustainable development it is of course necessary to design for sustainability.

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Comprehensive HVAC maintenance can help lower energy costs, eliminate expensive repairs, reduce downtime and extend the life of heating and cooling systems.
In fact, the Building Efficiency Initiative reports that regular maintenance can lower HVAC energy costs by 5 to 40 percent, depending on the equipment and structural efficiency characteristics of the building.
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Jason, who joined our team in September 2017, was recently promoted to BAS Controls Engineering Manager. Jason has consistently and energetically lead our team towards standardization of our engineered drawings, programming, graphics and workflow as well as establishing an internal training/mentoring program. Fellow Thermite Tom Canty and all of us at Therma are thrilled by Jason's well deserved promotion. #training #BAS #buildingautomation

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Congratulations to XL Construction and everyone who helped make this project a huge success! Ford Innovation and Research Center has won a 2018 Best Projects Award from Engineering News-Record in the Manufacturing category- ENR California Region. Therma was responsible for the HVAC and plumbing design-assist and construction.

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Therma recently received a 10-Year Certificate of ISNetworld Membership and we are pleased to share this milestone with you. Since 2007, we have centralized our compliance and safety data within ISNetworld and streamlined our reporting process, making it easier for you to prequalify our company.

Clients such as DuPont, Genentech, Tesla, Honeywell, Novartis, Dynegy, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Jones Lang LaSalle have all evaluated Therma through ISNetworld.

Contact your company's ISN representative if you would like to connect with us.

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50th Anniversary Building Banner

Check out our new banner located at the back of our building! Look out for it if you're driving on 101 near the McKee Rd/Julian St exit.

Therma’s 50th Anniversary

In case you missed it, we honored Therma's owners, Joe and Nicki Parisi, by presenting them with a 50th anniversary plaque that was created in our shop and ...

Biopharmaceutical Tank Installation Timelapse

A timelapse of Therma employees installing two tanks in a biopharmaceutical skid.

Therma Christmas Magic 2016

A Christmas display elf comes to life and asks for a new home. As luck would have it, Therma is here to help! Featuring Dancers from Montage Dance ...

Therma’s Christmas Swing Fling 2015

Therma's Christmas production for 2015.

Therma Angel Flying

Therma's flying angel made in our shop in 2015.

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Northern California

1601 Las Plumas Ave

San Jose, CA 95133

408-347-3400

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2390 Bateman Ave.

Duarte, CA 91010

949-525-0674

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26812 Vista Terrace

Lake Forest, CA 92630

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