Focus: HVAC

Selecting a high-performance HVAC system

December 20, 2019

Selecting an HVAC system type for any building can be a simple or complex process based on the purpose or function of the building and the guiding parameters for the project, according to an article from Building Operating Management on the FacilitiesNet website.

When the words “high-performance HVAC system” are mentioned, building owners may automatically think of an isolated focus on energy efficiency and sustainability. 

While a high-performance system will seek to maximize sustainability, that is not always going to be the top priority. A high-performance HVAC system is one that is optimally designed not only to meet the day one requirements but to remain a strategic solution through continued operation and maintenance.

Building owners can benefit from a high-performance design approach that can effectively evaluate and communicate the trade-offs associated with design strategies and technologies to reach an optimal solution. Design that truly performs for the building owner arises from a collaborative and integrative design approach that leverages the knowledge and experience of all project team members including building owners, facility staff, and end-users, as well as designers and builders.

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