Chiller plant retrofits are common. Reliability issues created by using water brought in from the Tidal Basin are not. An existing system involving a special vacuum priming system and a chilled-water jockey pump isn’t exactly commonplace, either. Then you have the chemical treatment concerns since the conditioned space houses priceless artwork. Return with us to the National Gallery of Art to see an interesting design for a project framed by a number of unusual restrictions.
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.