O’Neill is a mechanical engineer with Michaels Energy with a degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has served as a project manager and project engineer for projects including retrocommissioning, commissioning, energy audits, and energy modeling. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a large hospital, subtract unexamined rules of thumb, add meaningful incremental improvements like VFD’s and a controls upgrade, and what do you get? Smarter engineering via improved performance for both the pumps and the chillers. But it all starts with one little question.
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.