Inman is principal with Mazzetti & Associates (San Francisco). He brings diverse health care experience ranging from managing large, multimillion dollar, acute care new and renovation projects to small difficult multiphased renovations within an operating facility. In particular, he has developed an expertise in infection and air quality control. He has successfully mitigated the spread of pathogens in health care facilities through gaining a global understanding of the site specific issues to assist in site planning and building orientation, air system selection, air distribution management, and understanding the program functionality within a hospital. He has also been instrumental in working with general contractors and facilities personnel to ensure that construction within and around an occupied, operational hospital is planned to maintain infection control and good air quality.
After years as a commonplace solution across the Atlantic, variable refrigerant flow systems are starting to establish their presence and value, in North America. After a quick primer on the thinking behind the technology, one firm shares their experiences and lessons so far in working with VRF.
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.