Two weeks ago, I attended the Honeywell Building Solutions Users Group (HUG) in Scottsdale, and learned about Honeywell’s commitment to convergence and integration. Convergence was described by Greg Taylor, the
ASHRAE’s has established an Operations and Performance Management (OPMP) certification program for engineers who want to be proficient in operation and management. The exam is Web-based and is offered at
With the changeover from HCFC-22 (aka R-22) about seven months away, the reasons for upgrading and the pricing for R-22 will both be on the upswing. Yet, the old standby seems poised to linger even as LEED credits and new equipment point toward newer options. See how design engineers assess the phaseout, what manufacturers are doing to stay current, and where to find other resources.
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.