This past March, I asked the question, “Do you have a corporate sustainability plan?” and recently I was discussing this topic with a director of a physical plant for a major college on the East Coast. He commented, “Energy conservation and environmental management should be a team effort.”
Using data trend logs to supplement in-field functional performance testing (FPT) has always been an option in the commissioning process, particularly for HVAC systems controlled by DDC systems. As DDC system trending capabilities and computer hardware storage capacities have improved substantially over the past few years, I propose that trend logs be given a more prominent place in the commissioning toolbox.
As I read the press release, something about the DOE’s planned user test bed facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab reminded me of the old Wendy’s commercial from the ’80s that most of you are, uh, mature enough to recall.
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.