is principal of LV Engineering and has many years of engineering
experience in construction and manufacturing. Her background in
construction includes plan/spec and design/build projects including
numerous LEED® projects
on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and Southwest U.S. Her focus is
projects utilizing energy-saving designs and sustainable methods.
people pay for deluxe accommodations, one thing they don’t expect
for their money is to be cold. Hydronic radiant systems can serve
with distinction in several areas of these properties, whether in
group spaces like atria or dining rooms or smaller settings such as
child care and guest baths. Heed some cautionary tips about proper
construction and design process considerations, and then see where
this approach can give you and future occupants a nice, warm feeling.
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.