This month’s Facility File will focus on the B2B April test for an HVAC application within a financial investment facility that is doubling its datacom room to accommodate a critical business environment.
For a building program to be successful and sustainable, it must include an operating budget as well as a construction budget. Fifteen to 20% of the total cost of a building is first cost, and that remaining 80% or more is in the operation of the building over its life.
a manufacturing facility might motivate a company to consider some sustainable
options. But when your company is actually in the HVAC business, the pressure
is on. In this case, Taco found several ways to walk the walk and pick up LEED
certification, including using its own software to aid in the design.
Cogeneration, a one-pipe system, and touches like controlling the climate in
truck areas to reduce air pollution helped perpetuate the company’s original
concern with energy efficiency.
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.