What are HVAC systems?
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, aka mechanical systems, maintain optimal temperature, relative humidity and air movement to achieve occupant comfort. HVAC systems also may be designed to meet energy performance goals, prescriptive requirements or other needs as identified by the building owner and occupant. HVAC systems often are managed by building automation systems as part of a larger goal to control the building’s engineered systems.
There are some key components to recognize when designing air-cooled rooftop units
There are many ways to improve indoor air quality in buildings and to address COVID-19 fears
There are many technologies available for HVAC systems to combat the spread of COVID-19, but not all systems apply to all building types
Hot water heating boilers are used widely in residential, commercial and institutional buildings
Learn how to design chilled water systems that meet the thermal comfort demands and achieve operational and energy efficiencies
A water-cooled chiller plant can be more efficient over the life span of the system and will be less costly than an air-cooled chiller plant
Observe the mechanics of infiltration and pressurization in a building, modeling methodologies and what can be done to better account for them in air handling system design
Entry-level consulting engineers should understand the definition and applications of a commercial hydronic boiler
Choosing the right pipe system and design is essential to ensure excellence in mechanical, plumbing, fire protection and beyond
Many consulting engineers base their designs on performance, thus the focus on performance-based design in many specifications for HVAC system design.