Inside this nonprofit’s new headquarters in Portland, variable refrigerant
flow teamed with zonal heat exchange, 100% DOAS, daylighting, CO2
sensors, and more to deliver comfort while bringing actual energy
usage in under the design target of $0.83 per year.
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.