Modine has introduced the redesigned Airedale ClassMate® single packaged vertical DX and heat pump system. According to the company, the ClassMate offers efficiency, noise reduction, and a smaller footprint, providing great flexibility for school installations. The ClassMate is offered in four capacities in two cabinet sizes. Also, EER is boosted up to 12% over the existing ClassMate HE for integrated part-load values up to 16.1.
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.