Greenheck introduced the Model AFL-501, a 5.5-in deep, severe duty aluminum louver that protects exterior wall penetrations on FEMA 361 or 320 compliant storm shelters or safe rooms. According to the company, the Model AFL-501’s design incorporates inverted V-style blades that lend high free area, excellent resistance to water penetration and very low airflow resistance, while providing maximum protection against extremely high wind loads and wind-borne debris.
The HSC Firepak™ from Armstrong features a compact design, which officials describe as a “plug and leave” design. The company also said it features readily available CAD drawings, specifications, dimensions, and pricing data.
Victaulic says it is continuing to advance its patented installation-ready™ line with the availability of Style 107 QuickVic® rigid couplings in 10- and 12-in sizes. The additional sizes are designed to give contractors, engineers, and owners more opportunities to maximize efficiency by reducing installation time and increasing safety.
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.