is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years experience in building
mechanical systems engineering, with a focus on energy conservation.
Prior to starting his consulting firm E-Factor Engineering in
2005, he held positions as a corporate energy manager for
Canadian Airlines in 1995 (now Air Canada) for which he was
awarded for Energy Manager of the Year (Intl. Region 1997) from
Association of Energy Engineers AEE. He also acted as energy project
engineer for Vancouver Coastal Health Region from 2003 to 2005 where
he implemented several successful energy conservation projects in
health care. He has been an ASHRAE Member since 1988 and has
contributed to ASHRAE technical journals and symposia and has
presented on various topics in health care and energy management at
technical seminars in BC. He is also a Certified Energy Manager.
minimum requirements may involve more than you think. However, while
there are some areas - such as certain sensors - where you won’t
want to skimp, owners do have some flexibility in reaching acceptable
performance with lowest life-cycle cost.
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.