is principal of Elara Energy Services, Inc.. He brings over 30 years
of experience in MEP design, construction, and commissioning and has
received nine first place Illinois ASHRAE excellence in engineering
awards. He is a licensed professional engineer, certified energy
manager and LEED®
AP. He has authored several technical articles for trade journals and
has been a speaker at numerous industry conferences. He holds a
bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering (BSME) from
University of Illinois at Chicago.
as this university stayed ahead of the curve with its digital
library, designers harnessed the benefits of radiant heating and
cooling with the advantages of natural HVAC. With a building that
frequently employs hybrid or all-natural modes, readers and
researchers can enjoy lower-impact comfort to go with the sights and
sounds of Lake Michigan.
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.