This month’s B2B will focus on a hospital’s offsite data center as described in the 2015 ASHRAE Handbook — HVAC Applications chapter 19. The scope of work is to replace an existing cooling tower that operates 24-7 year-round. The design engineer is directed to 2016 ASHRAE Handbook — HVAC Systems and Equipment and more specifically chapters 1 (HVAC System Analysis and Selection), chapter 14 (Condenser Water Systems), and chapter 40 (Cooling Towers). It is also recommended that the design team and the owner’s team review the Cooling Technology Institute (CTI) cooling tower manual and the CTI certification.
The benefits of the data center replacing the existing closed-loop cooling tower with a new one are: