Daniel Kennedy is the senior sales engineer for Tate. After joining Tate in early 2010, he has focused on the research and product development supporting the efficient use of access floor in data centers. His recently completed research has been compiled into several whitepapers focusing on the subject of raised floors in data centers. Before coming to Tate, he spent the last 6 years with Rittal, a large manufacturer of IT racks and data center cooling technology, specializing in the manufacture and application of IT infrastructure, focusing primarily on high density deployments. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Cedarville University. Daniel is also a member of ASHRAE.
In which the author lays out the path from earlier data center design to a more recently discovered airflow challenge. Read on for his insights on how to keep positive differential pressure from being a negative for your facility’s energy budget.
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.