D’Antonio is president of PCD Engineering Services
(www.pcdengineerging.com), an award-winning provider of building
energy analysis, mechanical/electrical design, and commissioning. His
firm’s projects reflect the company’s commitment to energy and
environmental design. He has held the role of general contractor,
engineer, and planner and is an accomplished author and national
speaker on building energy efficiency and sustainable design. His
work has been recognized with design and service awards from various
organizations such as the U.S. EPA, USGBC, Colorado Governor’s
Energy Office, Colorado Renewable Energy Society and the Poudre
School District. He is member of the American Society of Heating
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers technical committee TC
7.6 – Systems Energy Utilization and is a member of the editorial
advisory board for Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine. PCD
Engineering has participated in nineteen LEED projects.
the author draws on experience to review a number of heating sources
and fuel sources with regard to efficiency, pollution, maintenance,
and cost. Is a hybrid design selected for the application’s
parameters your best path to a balance of performance and expense?
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.