Justin Blanchfield is an energy efficiency engineer with SES Consulting in Vancouver, British Columbia. His career is focused on the sustainable development of communities by minimizing their impact on the environment. He has extensive experience in energy conservation, renewable energy, water treatment, and mathematical modeling.
Control recommissioning in existing buildings presents an excellent opportunity to not only save energy, but to fix operational deficiencies and work with the building’s occupants to reduce complaints.
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.