Green Building, HVAC Systems, Radiant Cooling, Sustainable Building, Sustainable Design

Why does a radiant heating system matter to green construction?

Sustainability takes on a multi-faceted meaning where it relates to construction. From construction materials and location selection to heating systems and interior design, sustainable choices are numerous.

The reasons for choosing sustainable construction practices are equally complex. From consumer expectations to corporate social responsibility, people are considering the impact of construction projects.

Today we’ll discuss why green construction matters and how a Uponor radiant heating system contributes to a sustainable construction project.

 

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DOAS, HVAC Systems, Radiant Cooling

How A DOAS Combined with Radiant Cooling Can Solve Your HVAC Problems

Problems with your HVAC system can manifest in a range of ways, all of which are worthy of concern. Whether the problems are financial or comfort related, they need to be dealt with.

Fortunately, comprehensive research has shown that a DOAS combined with radiant cooling can help resolve your HVAC issues. Continue reading

HVAC Systems, Radiant Cooling

Radiant Cooling Mythbusters – Dispelling The Myths About Radiant Cooling

Radiant cooling is a technology that most architects and engineers are familiar with. For those of us living in cold or temperate climates, many of us may experience its effects on a daily basis. Yet, most know relatively little about the details of radiant cooling solutions, and just how effective it can be in maintaining thermal comfort in all manner of building types. Most are misled by the myths about radiant cooling out there.

As with most things we know little about, we usually fill the gaps in our knowledge with assumptions or half-truths to try and get a complete picture. In this blog we’d like to set the record straight by demystifying some of the myths about radiant cooling. Continue reading

HVAC Systems, TABS, Thermal Comfort

The Benefits of Thermally Active Building Systems

The use of thermally active building systems (TABS) started in Switzerland in the early 1990’s. Mostly used in new office buildings, TABS have been installed in offices across Europe, North America and Asia.

TABS are water-based heating/cooling systems in which pipes are embedded in concrete slabs of buildings. The main advantage of using this system is that it reduces the peak load by activating the thermal storage capacity of the buildings concrete slabs.

In this blog, we will take a simple look at how TABS work and the main benefits of using this system in new construction projects. Continue reading

HVAC Systems, Radiant Cooling

A Hybrid Radiant HVAC System Design

This post outlines a design of radiant cooling coupled with a hybrid HVAC system. Such a design is almost always needed because radiant cooling alone cannot provide ventilation and address the latent loads (although in some dry climates, it may be sufficient to only address ventilation loads). Some common design options in parallel with a radiant system are reviewed below with a focus on the systems used for ventilation, humidity control, and supplemental cooling capacity.

Because this post concentrates on radiant cooling, space heating systems are not covered, although they are usually needed in most buildings. Continue reading

DOAS, HVAC Systems

Energy Recovery in DOAS

With increased focus on reducing energy consumption in buildings, the use of exhaust-air energy recovery in HVAC systems is becoming more common, especially in Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS). Exhaust-air energy recovery technology provides a valuable opportunity for engineers to reduce the first costs and operating costs of buildings. The use of energy recovery reduces the use of non-renewable resources and promotes a cleaner environment. Therefore, whether mandated by state or local building codes, or not, proper application of energy recovery wheels and heat recovery in general is a win-win proposition.

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Green Building, HVAC Systems, Radiant Cooling, Sustainable Building

HVAC Solution Trends for Green Buildings

Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVAC) have always been a major consideration for engineers who sought to find ways to increase occupants comfort levels. The main determination of how HVAC systems have been designed over the last few decades have come down to two main factors, energy costs, and technological advances. In this post, we look at 3 current trends in HVAC design from thermal comfort strategies to decoupling ventilation from heating and cooling and indirect evaporative cooling.

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