Once upon a time, the gulf between the government and commercial HVAC worlds seemed all too clear to the author, and all too wide. Then he got to know the GSA's design standards, and the more he examined the process, the more he saw relevance to how things should and can be done in the private sector, too. Here's how the P100 can help you overcome consistency issues, integration difficulties, and even architects. By Kevin Dickens
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.