A courthouse's acoustical needs are second perhaps only to a concert hall. Furthermore, specialized spaces and biosafety concerns compel a careful zoning approach for ventilation and life safety. Consider this brief outlining the evidence in support of airside economizers and VAV. Moreover, you be the judge of which tools - from attenuators to floating floors and flexible connectors - can prevent a trial-and-error approach for future courthouse projects.
Many engineers tend to avoid or delegate the nitty gritty of a ground source heat pump system, from soil moisture effects to building system (im) balance. It's time for designers to get in the loop. Learn more about Grounded In Reality in the December issue. Other topics in the December issue include health care HVAC, Boilders, check out the Back2Basics, and more.