Having lived with an ancient heating system and no cooling for years, a
Pennsylvania congregation now sings the praises of the updated
hydronics and new mini-splits that brought a mechanical renaissance
to the church’s various spaces.
An engineer with the 9th-largest school district in the United States writes about the IAQ testing and final report that his district commissioned. From offices to classrooms to cafeterias and restrooms, the monitoring was extensive. Read the results and some author comments about acceptable IAQ in schools, the possibility of overdoing fresh air, and the associated costs.
New filters and a monitoring system helped the Carolina Conceptions Fertility Clinic increase its success rate. Since Carolina Conceptions Fertility Clinic opened its doors in August 2006, it has become
Inside this nonprofit’s new headquarters in Portland, variable refrigerant
flow teamed with zonal heat exchange, 100% DOAS, daylighting, CO2
sensors, and more to deliver comfort while bringing actual energy
usage in under the design target of $0.83 per year.
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.