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Beyond the Boilerplate

November Newsletter - Curated by Boilersource



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News You Can Use

News You Can Use

ASHRAE and Building Industry Organizations Assume Leadership Role in Global Decarbonization Efforts
Twenty-five signatories commit to making changes to how and what we build to mitigate and adapt to climate change


ASHRAE, along with 24 of the world’s leading building industry organizations issued a statement to government representatives attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 27) pledging to assume a leadership role in decarbonization efforts in the built environment. The organizations are signatories of the Building Industry Steps Up to Address Climate Change – a statement to government representatives that are parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Changes (UNFCCC), expressing a collective commitment to meeting 1.5°C Paris Agreement targets.


In a video presentation, 2022-23 ASHRAE President Farooq Mehboob, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, presented a roadmap for addressing climate change, reading directly from the statement.


“The buildings that we live and work in are responsible for approximately 40% of total global direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mehboob. “The built environment is therefore one of the leading drivers of climate change. Simultaneously, making changes to how and what we build is one of our most effective tools for mitigating and adapting to climate change and places a great responsibility on the built environment industry. This is a responsibility we earnestly accept.”


Signatories demonstrated their support of the statement.


“Collaboration across the buildings industry is critical to enable and accelerate progress on climate goals. This shared statement communicates to engineers around the globe that their work matters; and our collective commitment to leadership in decarbonizing the built environment engages them in the global effort to address the devasting impacts of climate change. USGBC is pleased to work with ASHRAE and other partner organizations to support the many engineers and building professionals on the front lines, making the case to their clients to push their designs to go further to decarbonize.”

- Peter Templeton, President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council


Government leaders from around the world are convening for climate negotiations at COP27, November 6-18 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. ASHRAE leadership will participate in a COP 27 Official Side Event on November 16 titled “Planning, Design and Development in the Global South: The ‘How To’ for People + Planet.” The event organizers are Architecture 2030, ASHRAE and the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES).


To view President Mehboob’s video presentation of the statement, to read the statement in its entirety and to see a complete list of signatories, visit



Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is a global professional society committed to

serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation,

air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields.

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The Importance of Boiler Logs
First published in TODAY’S BOILER | WWW.ABMA.COM
By Stephanie Campbell 

Proper keeping and analysis of boiler logs helps operators focus on problem areas and, therefore, reduce boiler accidents.

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Often overlooked in boiler operations is the establishment and enforcement of a procedure for keeping adequate boiler logs. The management of a facility that operates a boiler system bears the responsibility for implementing and maintaining such a log.


Data from reported violations consistently indicates that most of all reported boiler violations are attributable to just two causes: low-water cutoffs and operator error/poor maintenance. Proper keeping and analysis of boiler logs helps operators to focus on these problem areas and, therefore, reduce boiler accidents.


There are several people who are responsible for maintaining boiler logs, and each has a different role to play. The operator is responsible for taking boiler readings and assuring accuracy and initial analysis. The inspector is responsible for reviewing the boiler log, records of maintenance, and feedwater treatment. The inspector’s review ensures regular and adequate tests have been performed on the boiler and controls. The management is responsible for implementing the boiler log program and supervising its continuous completion. Management is also responsible for ensuring an analysis program is carried out.


All persons involved must make sure logs are retained in accordance with a facility’s policy. They must also perform analyses by examining the logs to determine trends and then act upon or recommend action in response to those trends. Repair or replacement of equipment, as indicated by operation or maintenance log indications, must be performed as needed.

There are two types of boiler logs: one for daily operations and one for maintenance activities. These logs can be easily customized for each installation’s unique requirements. Boiler operating logs help distinguish operating trends that can allow problems to be diagnosed and boiler and/ or fuel-burning system maintenance to be scheduled before an emergency shutdown is necessary. For example, a steady rise in stack temperature at the same boiler load indicates dirty boiler firesides or waterside scale buildup. In either case, remedial action can be taken before it’s necessary to shut the unit down for cleaning. Maintenance logs should include items recommended in the boiler and burner manufacturer’s operation systems, including details appropriate to the specific boiler system, and should be completed on a regular basis (e.g., daily, weekly, monthly, semiannually, or annually).

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Figure 1. Boiler log sheets should have provisions for recording weekly and monthly checks with the date of completion. Image courtesy of NBBI

Boiler Operating Log Program

Instrument readings, as appropriate to the specific boiler system, need to be taken daily for low-pressure heating boilers and at least once per eight-hour shift for high-pressure boilers. These readings must be recorded in the boiler log.


It’s important the boiler log be kept in a consistent format for trends to be perceived and followed with preventive action. Standard forms are available for this purpose; however, the log may be more useful if the form is customized for the installation.

Sample Logs

A separate log sheet is required for each boiler in the facility. One option is having a log sheet that is good for one month (31 days) and provides for two sets of readings per day. It’s recommended that completed logs be three-hole punched and filed in a loose-leaf notebook for future analysis. Management should establish a reasonable period of time for log retention, consistent with the life expectancy of the unit.


Boiler log sheets should have provisions for recording weekly and monthly checks with the date of completion. A general comments section allows recording of significant events, such as the date of the annual boiler inspection, repairs conducted, parts replaced, etc. Other events, such as boiler malfunctions, should also be noted.


Logs for high-pressure boilers are similar but should provide for at least three readings (one per shift) per day. High-pressure logs normally require additional readings consistent with the system.


The most important concern is to keep the log complete, accurate, and updated regularly. Too often, logs are kept with identical readings for an entire month or with gaps in the readings. Management must stress the need for complete, accurate logs and explain the need for analysis and its benefits.


Maintenance Log Program

Maintenance items, as appropriate to the specific boiler system, need to be considered for implementation on a regular basis (e.g., daily, weekly, monthly, semiannually, or annually). A checklist of items should be incorporated into a maintenance log with provisions for checking off the item for the appropriate period. A separate log sheet is suggested for each period.


The log sheets can be filed in a loose-leaf binder and should be retained as a permanent maintenance record. The log sheets can be used as a handy check-off system when establishing a facility maintenance program. In all cases, the equipment manufacturer’s recommendations should be followed.


A well-thought-out operation and maintenance log program designed to address the requirements of the facility will reduce boiler accidents, downtime, and equipment loss. A properly carried out program will focus the attention of both management and operating personnel on the often-overlooked boiler plant, thereby addressing small problems before they become large ones.


By Stephanie Campbell, publications editor, National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors


Entertainment & Amusements

Brain Teaser!



You are in a room that has three switches and a closed door. The switches control three light bulbs on the other side of the door. Once you open the door, you may never touch the switches again. How can you definitively tell which switch is connected to each of the light bulbs? 

Answer: Turn on the first two switches. Leave them on for five minutes. Once five minutes has passed, turn off the second switch, leaving one switch on. Now go through the door. The light that is still on is connected to the first switch. Whichever of the other two is warm to the touch is connected to the second switch. The bulb that is cold is connected to the switch that was never turned on.

The Answer!

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Monthly Recipe

Monthly Recipes


Cute Veggie Platter

Thanksgiving is all about indulgence, however we thought we would share a healthy and fun option to kick-off the festivities.


The ingredients are as simple as the artistry to create this festive turkey platter:



  • 4 cups Baby Carrots

  • 1 crown Broccoli

  • 2 Cucumbers

  • 2 Red Bell Peppers

  • 1 cup Snap Peas

  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper

  • 1 Dip of your choice – We suggest Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing

  • 2 Candy Eye Balls

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Cranberry Relish 

Combine washed and picked over cranberries with boiling water and sugar in a large saucepan.  Boil the mixture for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add marmalade, lemon juice, orange zest and brandy. Boil for five minutes more. Remove from the heat and stir in the gelatin. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. 


  • 1 lb (4 cups+) Fresh Cranberries   – Hand pick hard ones only no stems; Approximately 2 – 12oz bags

  • 1 cup Boiling Water 

  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar

  • 1 jar Orange Marmalade – 12oz jar 

  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice (1/2 lemon) 

  • 1 Tbsp Freshly Grated Orange Zest 

  • 1 Tbsp Grand Marnier – Brandy

  • 1 Package of Lemon Jello – 3oz 

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