Evaluating the Safety, Costs, and Efficiency of VRF Versus Hydronics White Paper
HVAC system design requires methodical assessment of the options
Rising energy costs and a movement toward sustainability are driving changes in the commercial HVAC market. As design engineers, building owners and mechanical contractors focus on increasing comfort and maintaining air quality while reducing overall energy consumption, the technology and components of HVAC systems are constantly being re-evaluated.
With heating and cooling among the largest costs for most buildings, building owners are intent on finding new and effective approaches for new buildings and improving performance of existing facilities. And as the industry continues the shift to sustainable building practices that maximize building performance while minimizing environmental impact, the type of HVAC system is an important factor in realizing energyefficiency targets. Additional factors such as safety and code compliance, and costs related to serviceability and life cycle are among those that also must be considered in evaluating HVAC systems.
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