While active beams are making great strides toward becoming a standard part of the designer’s toolbox, knowing when to deploy them is a critical judgment. The author focuses his considerable experience with them into a good look at related thermal comfort considerations. Operation and controls, two- and four-pipe systems, and condensation control strategies round out a worthwhile look at how active beams can work for you.
Managing solar loads and incorporating radiant ceilings were just part of the plan for this five-level mixed-use building. Chilled beams and chiller plant decisions joined ventilation strategy to serve both occupants and LEED ambitions.
Many engineers tend to avoid or delegate the nitty gritty of a ground source heat pump system, from soil moisture effects to building system (im) balance. It's time for designers to get in the loop. Learn more about Grounded In Reality in the December issue. Other topics in the December issue include health care HVAC, Boilders, check out the Back2Basics, and more.