Whether your client has a school or office building, desiccant dehumidification can successfully control the project’s humidity, save energy, and remove pollutants. This primer empowers you to teach your clients how desiccants work, while other tips and applications can help your future projects more than make the grade.
Here’s a task: bridge the new mechanical room to the utility connection in the old space - located in an adjacent building in Chicago’s South Loop. Room for equipment is frequently tight, but in the case of this steam pipe, the room for error was less than one inch. The kind of planning that navigated that challenge accounted for (almost) everything in this tricky retrofit.
An energy analysis paid for itself at this Illinois bank by identifying energy savings opportunities. When Jason Vogelbaugh, director of Energy Solutions at Alpha Controls & Services, (Schneider Electric’s Rockford,
system experts see flow as a key step to optimizing system efficiency. Cutting
down required tubing size, insulated PEX for district systems, and
variable-speed pumps to pin down a chiller’s exact needs are three points of
attack in the modern campaign against waste.
VFDs and a new chiller reduced this Texas hospital’s carbon footprint. With large central utility plants, over-taxed HVAC systems, and ever-increasing utility costs, many hospitals face the dual problems of
School districts have known for quite some time that temporary equipment can assist in passing the tests of renovations or the pop quizzes of unexpected equipment failure. The lesser-known lesson is that having the plan in place can save significant time and money on top of the equipment’s basic benefits.
Smaller in size but big on style and service, this Boston hotel looked to compete with bigger brands by cutting costs behind the scenes. A chiller overhaul led the list of improvements, which included lighting and controls retrofits, and allowing rooms to recirculate air when unoccupied.
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.