How to maximize fume hood performance? Generate consensus among interested parties beforehand, brush up on air changes and heat loads, and work with lab staff to find the happy medium between convenience and efficiency. The result will prevent the budget and the workspace from getting needlessly exhausted. By Ken Kolkebeck
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.