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1 inspire interpret integrate Mechanical Systems pae consulting engineers, inc. Nick Collins, P.E., LEED™ AP

2 inspire interpret integrate ? Mechanical Systems What kind of mechanical system?

3 inspire interpret integrate Mechanical Systems Install the smallest, most efficient system possible: Reduce perimeter loads through careful skin design. Reduce internal loads: laptops, energy star equipment. Multnomah County Hillsdale Library Architect: Thomas Hacker and Associates

4 inspire interpret integrate What Factors Determine the Mechanical System Selected? Building Type Office Housing Education, Higher Ed or Secondary Industrial Maintenance Comfort Mark O. Hatfield US Courthouse Architect: BOORA Architects Sokol Blosser Wine Barrel Storage Facility Architect: SERA Architects

5 inspire interpret integrate ASHRAE summer and winter comfort zones. Comfort

6 inspire interpret integrate Mechanical Systems Passive vs. Active PAE Offices

7 inspire interpret integrate Active Systems Cooling Heating Air Distribution COOLING Direct Expansion Packaged Rooftop Chilled Water Air Cooled Water Cooled Central Ground Water Direct and Indirect Evaporative Cooling Distributed Heat Pumps HEATING Hydronic Conventional Hot Water Boilers High Efficiency Hot Water Boilers (Gas) Electric Heat Gas Fired Ground Coupled Heat Pump AIR HANDLING Central Rooftop Penthouse or Inside Distributed Air Handling Fan Coils Unit Ventilators Heat Pumps

8 inspire interpret integrate Active Cooling Systems Cooling Direct expansion Chilled water - Air cooled - Water cooled - Ground Water Direct and indirect evaporative cooling Distributed heat pumps

9 inspire interpret integrate Cooling Systems Chilled Water Package Rooftop First Cost: Lowest potential first cost. Energy Cost: Higher energy cost. Maintenance: High maintenance costs - expected life of 15 years. Comfort: Reasonable – potential acoustical issues. University of Oregon School of Music & Dance Architect: BOORA Architects

10 inspire interpret integrate Cooling Systems Chilled Water Air Cooled First Cost: In conjunction with air handlers. Energy Cost: Better than rooftop option. Maintenance: Lowest maintenance cost option - average life of 17 years. Comfort: High level of comfort.

11 inspire interpret integrate Cooling Systems Water Cooled First Cost: Greatest first cost. Energy Cost: Lowest Energy cost. Maintenance: Equipment is highly reliable - chiller life is 27 years. Comfort: Provides the best in comfort - quiet operation.

12 inspire interpret integrate GS heat pumps extract geothermal energy to condition buildings. Very low energy consumption. Ground Source Heat Pumps Winter – moves heat from the earth to the building Summer – moves heat from the building to the earth Automatic controls are used to reverse the direction of the heat transfer

13 inspire interpret integrate Ground Water PSU Northwest Center for Engineering, Science and Technology. Ground water well system with extraction and insertion wells. No Boiler or Cooling Tower Ground water is used for heating and cooling.

14 inspire interpret integrate Heating Systems Active Systems – Heating Hydronic - Hot water boiler - High efficiency boiler - condensing Electric heat Gas fired

15 inspire interpret integrate Heating Systems Hydronic Heating Systems Energy Cost: Mid range, between electric heat and high efficiency hot water. Maintenance: Requires little maintenance. Comfort: Excellent comfort.

16 inspire interpret integrate Radiant Floor Heating Consistent heating Low energy usage Slow response time

17 inspire interpret integrate Heating Systems Electric Heat First Cost: Low first cost. Energy Cost: Very high. This will represent a 100% to 150% increase in energy cost due to rate differences between gas and electric. Maintenance: Low maintenance. Comfort:Step control on electric heaters. Acceptable comfort.

18 inspire interpret integrate Active Systems – Air Handling Air Handling Central Distributed - Fan Coils - Unit Vents - Heat Pumps

19 inspire interpret integrate Air Handling Package Air Handler Variable Air Volume Air Handler Distribution: Conventional overhead Underfloor Lower energy savings - longer economizer cycle Smaller cooling zone

20 inspire interpret integrate Air Handling Systems Heat Recovery Energy cost: Low energy cost. Maintenance: Same as air handler. Comfort: Less than air handler, if provided without coils.

21 inspire interpret integrate Natural Ventilation Passive Cooling PAE Offices

22 inspire interpret integrate Advantages of Natural Ventilation Simple Lower first cost (15% less) Lower operating cost (40% less) User satisfaction through greater control Elimination of mechanical refrigeration Less environment impact No mechanical noise

23 inspire interpret integrate Advantages of Natural Ventilation Option A Simple Lower first cost (15% less) Lower operating cost (40% less) User satisfaction thru greater control Elimination of mechanical refrigeration Less environment impact No mechanical noise inspire interpret integrate

24 Disadvantages of Natural Ventilation Temperature & humidity cannot be tightly controlled No filtration Reduced security First cost higher if back-up A/C system is also required Exterior noise can be a problem Less flexible air intake locations – air quality issues Large openings required with mass inspire interpret integrate

25 Disadvantages Temperature and humidity cannot be tightly controlled No filtration Reduced security First cost higher if back-up A/C system is also required Exterior noise can be a problem Less flexible air intake locations – air quality issues Rain

26 inspire interpret integrate Strategies Single-sided opening ventilationCross ventilation Stack-induced flows through double opening

27 inspire interpret integrate Washington School for the Deaf Classroom Natural Ventilation Daylighting Thermal Mass Night Flush No Filtration

28 inspire interpret integrate Thermal Mass / Night Ventilation Need approximately 2 to 3 times the floor area Can reduce maximum daytime temperature

29 inspire interpret integrate What system? That depends... Reduce loads to lowest possible amount Know your client, maintenance, comfort, operating schedule, etc. Select most efficient system possible System Types - Active - Passive - Mixed Mode Sustainable Design Mechanical Systems

30 inspire interpret integrate pae consulting engineers, inc. inspire interpret integrate Shattuck Hall – Case Study Existing Mechanical Systems 1.Two dedicated outside air units with steam heat, evaporative air cleaners 2.Multiple air zones with mix dampers 3.Gravity relief from each zone (open relief duct on roof) 4.Other smaller mechanical systems.

31 inspire interpret integrate Existing Classroom inspire interpret integrate

32 Old Zone Dampers - Mixing inspire interpret integrate

33 pae consulting engineers, inc. inspire interpret integrate Mechanical Systems Options HVAC Option A – “Natural” Ventilation Hot water heating radiators Operable windows – automatic, with trickle vents Building Mass/Night Flush Cooling HVAC Option B – “Natural” Ventilation/Mixed Mode Hot water heating radiators Fan-induced ventilation Operable windows automatic New AHU’s/Existing Ductwork Cooling coils in new AHU’s deliver cold air through existing ductwork on extremely hot days HVAC Option C – Conventional VAV Hot water heating Variable volume AHU’s Medium pressure supply ductwork VAV air terminal units in each space Low pressure return ductwork Return air plenums HVAC Option D – Dedicated OA/Radiant Hot water heating radiant panels Fan-induced ventilation Operable windows – manual New AHU’s/Existing ductwork - for minimum outside air Radiant Cooling – radiant cooling panels or chilled beams

34 inspire interpret integrate pae consulting engineers, inc. inspire interpret integrate Shattuck Hall New Mechanical Systems 1.Two dedicated outside air units with hot water heating, campus chilled water and filters 2.Temperature zones with VAV terminal units 3.Radiant heating and cooling panels 4.Gravity relief from each zone (open relief duct on roof) 5.Other smaller mechanical systems.

35 inspire interpret integrate Estimated Energy Usage Energy Use in Shattuck Hall inspire interpret integrate No envelope upgrades

36 inspire interpret integrate Radiant Panel Concerns Guinea Pig or Innovative Comfort Noise Condensate Valve locations Hot water leaks Flexibility inspire interpret integrate

37 Radiant Panels and Valves inspire interpret integrate

38 Heat inspire interpret integrate

39 Radiant Ceiling Heating / Cooling inspire interpret integrate Dedicated outside air for dehumidification Low mass means faster response time Uniform heating and cooling Low energy usage


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