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Using Building Energy Modeling to Devise an HVAC Plan

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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.