Since its inception in 2003, ASHRAE Technical Committee TC 9.9 has focused on the challenge of publishing valuable content to address the rapidly changing world of mission critical facilities, data centers, technology spaces, and electronic equipment (from electronic equipment to large data center campuses).
According to ASHRAE, the growing use of plug loads in buildings as well as insufficient data on how much energy they generate present a challenge to engineers in determining how to best cool a building.
ASHRAE has announced the technical program for its “Energy Modeling Conference: Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings,” Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2015, in Atlanta at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center.
Today’s grocery stores often include a wide range of prepared food services and expanded fresh food products, which creates unique challenges in the design process due to the needed balance between refrigeration, food service, and HVAC systems.
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.