Environmental control in critical facilities faces a few hurdles, but here’s one you don’t hear much: We just haven’t been doing it that long. Learning about real effects of different conditions on equipment is another key to saving energy and avoiding design overkill. As the author explains, a little context balanced with a commitment to precision criteria will go a long way in this environment.
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.