is a senior engineer with Elara Energy Services. In addition to his
experience in MEP design, he has lectured in the mechanical
engineering department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He
has received three first place Illinois ASHRAE excellence in
engineering awards. He holds a bachelor of science degree in
mechanical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, a
bachelor of science degree in physics from Northeastern Illinois
University and a masters of science degree in mechanical engineering
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.