Nidec Motor Corporation (NMC) has launched the U.S. MOTORS® brand 3-10 hp electronically commutated (EC) motor with an IE4 (Super Premium efficiency) rating integrated with a tuned VFD. The product is available for variable torque pumps, fans, blowers, farm vents, and hydronic pumps. This motor is a member of the ACCU-SERIES line of variable speed products.
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.