The Web-based Building Performance Evaluation System, developed by Aircuity, Inc., recently won a prestigious R&D 100 Award, sponsored by R&D Magazine. The R&D awards annually recognize the 100 most technologically significant new products and processes of the year. Past award winners also include the fax machine, Taxol (an anti-cancer drug), and HDTV. The Aircuity Building Performance Evaluation System is an automated monitoring system that collects and interprets IAQ information using a user-friendly portable monitor and a secure Web-based data management system.
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.