Mechanical Systems Goals

We implement energy saving measures that made possible building energy  usage of 20%-50% less than a code baseline building. These techniques  have been carefully engineered to allow the entire building and  occupants to function together in a cohesive, comfortable, and  sustainable manner. Some of the mechanical system techniques we have  used for this project include:  

  • Use of variable speed drives on system motors to reduce energy use at a low load conditions.
  • Use of solid state speed controls on small fans and two speed  motors to allow reduced operation when peak performance is not required.
  • Use of C02 sensors to reduce the outside air quantity to match actual space needs, saving energy to heat and cool the air.
  • Use of night purge cycles to allow cool evening air (or early morning) air to pre-cool the building mass.
  • Oversized economizer systems to allow outside air for cooling  (in addition to natural ventilation) at higher outdoor air temperatures.
  • Higher temperature difference on heating and cooling hydronic  systems to reduce the quantity of pumped water, saving energy and  initial costs for distribution systems and equipment.
  • Use of two-way control valves which shut-off system flows and  allow pump variable speed drives to throttle back system pumps and  reduce energy usage.
  • Use of transferred air for make-up air to exhausted areas  saving on equipment use and having to heat or cool large quantities of  outside
  • Correct sizing of equipment and equipment motors for peak efficiency (i.e. not oversized).
  • Inter-tie of space occupancy sensors to HVAC equipment to reduce outside air to space when they are not occupied.
  • High efficiency chillers and boilers.
  • High efficiency motors with power factor correction capacitors
  • Control schemes that include optimum start/stop, reset of system supply temperatures, proportional-integral control.
  • Use of radiant heat to allow lower indoor air temperatures and reduced heat loss/gain.
  • Reduce (or eliminate) cooling and coordinate use with natural ventilation systems.
  • Document expected energy performances and compare with actual  on an on-going basis to ensure proper operation at building occupancy,  and continued efficient performance throughout the life of the building.
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