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.
Cooking over a wood flame is hardly a novel concept, but as a popular trend in restaurants, it causes headaches and occasionally much worse from a life safety perspective. Survey a range of incidents and get reminded why creosote is a key enemy in this environment. Then finish with a look at what manufacturers, designers, and owners are (or should be) doing to win a new duel with an old fuel.
An advance investigation into the needs and preferences of the medical team proved in valuable for a Virginia hospital retrofit. The range of desired OR conditions was demanding, but for good reason. The designers, armed with this info, applied experience and mechanical muscle to provide the environmental flexibility to operate from one patient to the next.
Carilion Clinic is a not-for-profit health care organization based in Roanoke, VA. In line with their mission to improve the health of the communities they serve, and with the intent of becoming a teaching facility, Carilion Clinic set upon upgrading their operating rooms and related existing HVAC systems at the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center in Christiansburg, VA.
Why was one floor’s laboratory ventilation failing to keep up, when it was even the closest floor to the rooftop fans? Some system sleuthing led two engineers to a fitting conclusion. Read more stories in May Issue 2017.