A Tennessee district faced an old school HVAC challenge: aging ventilators and space constraints. So this team tried a new-school variation on common VRF retrofits to deliver improved efficiency and critical IAQ: they decentralized the outdoor air, combining enthalpy wheel and VRF components within a single classroom enclosure.
Hotels and other high-rise buildings can easily develop indoor humidity issues if they don’t deal properly with the outside air component of their ventilation design. Reclaiming waste heat in a way that suits the circumstances can be a pivotal step toward correcting or avoiding such problems. With a Chicago condo as one example, learn to work through assorted benefits and caveats to reach the right fix.
Budgets, codes, and technologies are constantly shifting and evolving. These days, even the classrooms are often portable. Staying one step ahead will depend on your knowledge of current design options and how to integrate them into the space.
The sport of curling is a strategic game like chess, with an element of skill and experience. Played on ice in an indoor controlled environment, temperature and humidity are critical to setting ice speed and the amount of “curl” the stone will incur.
Pressure independent control valves proved to be a key in wringing the benefits out of smartly managed chilled water temperature, but that wasn’t all. Airside energy recovery, desiccant dehumidification to eliminate reheat in operating room environments, and upgrading to ECM fan systems have all contributed to this hospital’s fiscal wellness.
Although it’s only 25% complete, the Central Ohio Transit Authority’s (COTA) ongoing $75 million conversion to compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled buses is already saving more than 2.5 million gallons of diesel fuel and emitting 100 tons less bus emission contaminants annually in the greater Columbus, Ohio, area.
Sometimes it’s less important to think outside the box than to notice that the stuff inside the box has changed. In the case of airside economizers, more modern components and seasonal opportunities can make things work swimmingly.
From a missing pipe hanger three floors down to steam traps past their prime, these stories show how steam system problems can originate inside the boiler room or far beyond it. Read more in February issue.