Using Building Energy Modeling to Devise an HVAC Plan
Healthcare HVAC systems serve many functions and are highly regulated by agencies such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). These functions and requirements lead mechanical systems to being among the largest portions of most healthcare facilities’ construction budgets.
Many facility owners are also looking for high-performance HVAC systems that keep energy cost and consumption low through the most energy-efficient methods feasible. When used during the design process, energy modeling is one of the best tools that engineers have to design high-performance, cost-effective buildings and HVAC systems.
In an article for Health Facilities Management, Clark Denson explores the benefits of engaging energy modeling early in the design process.