Creating a better indoor environment sometimes takes a revolutionary step and a new way of thinking. The HVACR industry shows no signs of resting on its laurels as the need for greater energy efficiency, IAQ, and sustainability continues to grow. Engineered Systems asked some the winners of the AHR Expo Innovation Awards winners about current trends and what the future of technology looks like.
Warm discharge plumes sweeping back into air-cooled condensers is nobody’s idea of an ideal performance environment. This CFD study shows how wind speed, wind direction, spacing between chillers, and separation from adjacent buildings all factor into the conversation about the best defense against unwanted hot air.
Revitalizing turn-of-the-century infrastructure means finding a way to dehumidify interiors successfully. Before you move on to weighing DOAS and other techniques, understand the built-in relationship between these structures and water.
Well, that’s not really the whole story. “Lifecycle costs” could even include having to buy the same equipment all over again because it’s been ruined. It’s also about how adequate maintenance can steer a facility clear of avoidable and sometimes terrible boiler accidents that happen each year.
Authors Note: I want to thank Paul Ehrlich for his years of dedication to this column, and I am excited to be able to provide readers with my building automation thoughts, insights, etc., on a monthly basis.