opportunities to improve motor and drive efficiency continue, pumps
and fans remain overlooked candidates for significant savings through
smart design. From the elevation of pump discharge to duct
configuration on the fan inlet, the author offers multiple targets
for smarter design that you may not have considered.
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.