Plenty of potential ventilation crises await many otherwise unassuming buildings, thanks to
nothing more sinister than truck accidents, emissions from nearby buildings, or unavoidable
natural disasters. However, by pairing a clear basis of design with HVAC response strategies,
building owners can apply some forethought and preparation to avoid worst-case consequences.
Start by asking the right questions about your facility.
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.