This month’s Facility File will focus on the B2B May test for a K-12 school HVAC application. It would be very beneficial for the owner’s building facility manager and the city’s outsource/project manager to read chapter 7 (educational facilities) in the 2015 ASHRAE Handbook — HVAC Application to be knowledgeable of ASHRAE’s guidelines when preparing for a building program that will include a temporary air-cooled chiller for air conditioning season special events and disaster relief at the school.
The owner’s facility management group should also read chapters 36 through 43 of the 2015 Handbook for O&M design guidelines to assist in preparing for a central chilled water system that will only have a chiller on site at specific times during the air conditioning season. This information, combined with the owner’s own knowledge of operating a K-12 school facility, will assist the design team in understanding the intricacies of owning, operating, and managing this hybrid central chiller plant. It is also recommended that the owner-design team read chapter 59 of the same ASHRAE Handbook titled HVAC Security, as well as include a security consultant on board to contribute to a safer building and processing design.