Blatt is an energy utilization consultant based in Mountain View, CA, and has over 30 years experience in commercial building energy efficiency research. His consulting projects have included research on advanced space heating and cooling technology for the DOE, California Energy Commission, and the Electric Power Research Institute. He is an ASHRAE fellow and is active on several ASHRAE Technical Committees.
What was a primarily residential technology is ready for larger commercial settings. What was primarily embraced overseas is building momentum in the U.S. This update traces VRF progress, examines some strengths and weaknesses, and spans the globe in an effort to compile some cost comparisons with other alternatives.
Retrieving every last bit of performance from the system while stopping short of the surge line is no small feat. Dig into sizing, tower selection, chilled water loads and stability, and condenser water management to leave no efficiency stone unturned. Read more in April issue