A proven HVAC technology wordwide, Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems are poised for dramatic growth in all areas of commercial construction because they provide precise zones control that can contribute toward the achievement of LEED certifications.
The readers weigh in. In my December 2012 column, I solicited reader feedback regarding substantial completion and the trend of owners accepting buildings as substantially complete when the mechanical and electrical systems are not complete, fully integrated, and functioning properly.
HVAC Solution is a schematic diagramming and database tool for laying out the equipment involved in an HVAC system. HVAC Solution lets the user drag detailed icons of these components and place them on the page and then connect them with schematic pipe lines.
Registration is open for ASHRAE’s 2012 Winter Conference in Chicago, where attendees will have the chance to discuss and examine the latest topics in the building industry as well as participate in technical tours, attend ASHRAE Learning Institute courses, earn professional credits, and obtain ASHRAE certifications.
Refer to January 2010 B2B for an introduction to energy auditing and energy retrocommissioning. A good guideline for implementing an energy audit is the ASHRAE Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits manual.