The YORK brand of Johnson Controls has launched the YORK YK-EP “Efficiency Plus” water-cooled centrifugal chiller. The chiller achieves 5% capacity and efficiency improvements over the previous model. It utilizes a patent-pending mechanical compression economizer cycle to boost performance over conventional chiller platforms.
Tyco Fire Protection Products introduced the BFV-300 Butterfly Valve. The company says the BFV-300 is now a lighter, more compact design that allows for more efficient installation, easier operation, and long-term performance. New features of the valve make it smaller and lighter.
The OMEGA® OM-CP-TEMP1000IS-A and OM-CP-RHTEMP1000IS-A data loggers offer a compact design and portability which allows for placement into hard to reach locations. According to the company, features include a 316 stainless steel enclosure, fast response times, and faster downloads.
RectorSeal® Corp. has developed the Slimduct® Lineset Protection Cover Kit by Inabo Denko, the original premium lineset cover manufacturer. RectorSeal's compactly boxed kit provides all the duct and fittings necessary for protecting and concealing linesets in a routine central split-system or minisplit air conditioning installation.
Bradford White Water Heaters has launched its ElectriFLEX™ HD (Heavy Duty) field convertible commercial electric water heaters. The new ElectriFLEX™ HD models join the ElectriFLEX™ LD (Light Duty) and ElectriFLEX™ MD (Medium Duty) products to complete the full line of Bradford White convertible commercial electric water heaters.
HANTEMP Controls has extended its line of stainless steel flanges designed to simplify installation and maintenance processes. The EZWLD line of stainless steel flanges now includes threaded flanges, which the company says can be easily connected to other threaded refrigeration components.
Rittal Corporation has introduced a new refrigerant-based rack and row cooling solution, known as LCP DX, for heat removal of critical IT components. The DX line is available in two models, as a Rack or In-line solution, and is ideal for small- to medium-sized data centers or computer rooms that need an efficient and cost-effective way to remove heat from IT equipment without the use of water or glycol.
International Environmental Corporation (IEC) has developed the MiniReStoraMOD™, a small and minimally invasive high-rise fan coil solution. Officials said the system allows for easy and fast replacement for hospitality, multifamily and higher education applications.
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.