During the past 20 years, there have been significant advancements in boiler design and controls that have helped manufacturers provide tailored solutions to customers. Over the next decade and beyond, this trend will continue. Not only will manufacturers provide customized solutions, but they will use financial metrics to develop the best solution for a given customer.
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.