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Vali Sorell, P.E.

Sorell has over 20 years of experience as an HVAC design engineer, with at least half of those years involved with design and commissioning of HVAC systems for critical facilities. As Syska’s National CFD expert, he performs CFD analyses to compare and evaluate various system design options for high density equipment cooling configurations. In addition, he researches how to quantify the environmental conditions inside as well as outside cabinets as a function of cabinet configuration and cabinet load. He is a member of ASHRAE TC-9 “Mission Critical Facilities, Technology Spaces, & Electronic Equipment,” and is a member of Syska’s Critical Facilities Technical Leadership Committee dedicated to improved engineering design practices.

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When Critical Meets Green

April 1, 2007
This thorough article provides an overview contrasting traditional design elements with approaches not usually selected for mission critical facilities. From ventilation to piping to chiller configuration to water usage, nothing is taken for granted - except the need for reliability and the desire to increase efficiency. The authors, from Syska Hennessy Group, also discuss their firm’s Green Critical Facilities Committee and how it works within the framework of the conventional process.  
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