Daikin Applied’s new SmartSource™ Compact vertical water source heat pump (WSHP) is designed to help facility managers and engineers who need to maximize building floor space and budgets. With a comprehensive selection of voltages, sizes, and special features (including hydronic heat and waterside economizer), the company says the SmartSource units give customers the flexibility to customize based on their job requirements for new construction or retrofit applications.
SWEP reports that it is the first company to provide Brazed Plate Heat Exchangers (BPHEs) certified by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). Testing performed by their contracted laboratories verify that product performance is according to specified ratings. This offers additional security when selecting BPHEs for HVAC installations.
Mammoth has launched a new water source heat pump line, HydroBank MS, designed specifically for developer, new construction, and replacement markets where compact design and a low first cost are primary considerations. The company says its new HydroBank MS design is characterized by its small cabinet size and by features that make it easy to install and service.
Grundfos has released the Comfort PM Auto range of intelligent and energy-efficient hot water recirculation pumps. The company says the pumps eliminate the wait for hot water at showerheads and sink taps. Compared with conventional pumps that run continuously, company officials claim the Comfort PM Auto is capable of reducing energy costs by as much as 96% thanks to the Autoadapt feature, which ensures that the pump runs only when required.
Fulton Companies has released a new line of condensing hydronic boilers. The Endura™ boiler is the latest addition to Fulton’s product offerings for the commercial heating market, and is offered in 1.5 million (EDR-1500) and 2 million (EDR-2000) Btus/hr.
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.