Feinzig is a licensed professional engineer and head of the Critical Facility Assurance, Mechanical Commissioning Group of EYP Mission Critical Facilities® (EYP MCF). He successfully developed and staffed this department to perform commissioning of HVAC, fuel storage, fire detection, and security access systems worldwide. Feinzig has over 20 years experience in the design, commissioning, failure analysis, and operation of mission critical facilities.
Sullivan, in addition to installing Automated Logic Controls as an independent dealer for 10 years, has been in the controls contracting business for 20 years. His 37 years in the industry includes troubleshooting and repair of mission critical commercial refrigeration, as well as extensive data center environmental cooling and humidification systems. He currently provides design services for DDC systems in mission critical facilities.
Control of humidity in a critical environment is as important to ensuring reliability as temperature control, yet facilities often ignore it until it's too late. Low humidity can lead to static damage. High humidity can lead to degradation of electronic equipment and swelling or delamination of printed circuit boards. The result? Equipment failure and reduced up-time. Log in for these insights about certain approaches and when (not) to use them.
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.