Mitsubishi Electric US has launched the new SmartME Zone Controller. The controller is a single-source integrated controls product for commercial HVAC systems of all sizes. The company says the advanced functions include temperature and humidity sensors, as well as an energy save setting, which controls the operation mode using a built-in occupancy and brightness sensors.
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.