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HVAC Technology Trends and Options
FROM the EDITOR
HVAC is important for every commercial building, and
owners and facility managers need to keep on top of it for
a variety of reasons, including:
n Heating alone accounts for one-quarter of energy use in commercial buildings,
ventilation is 10 percent and cooling accounts for 9 percent, according to the
most recent Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey ( bit.ly/2GbRFrt).
n The system plays a role in indoor environmental quality, from cleaner air to fewer noise
distractions from the system. This can contribute to tenant satisfaction, health and productivity.
n System technology and features are changing. Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things can
work together to provide various benefits, including occupant comfort and financial savings.
If HVAC is well taken care of and maintained and a schedule is in place, it can be one less thing you
and your tenants have to think about on a daily basis.
HVAC Trends and Renovation Options
To address these HVAC issues and concerns, we take a look at current trends in commercial HVAC
(page 24), including technologies that will help you save money while being more efficient.
The five trends we look at are:
n Smart controls
n Geothermal systems
n Variable speed controls
n Variable refrigerant flow systems
We also have a fascinating feature about how a century-old building used displacement ventilation
to improve indoor air quality and thermal comfort. The article tells how and why architecture firm HKS
chose it for its new Chicago offices.
Read "High-Tech HVAC in a Historic Office Building" (page 18) to learn more about what
displacement ventilation is, benefits and best practices, and if it’s a fit for your space.
BUILDINGS Education HVAC Content
BUILDINGS media is regularly offering content through our channels to provide information on a
variety of HVAC topics. Check out our HVAC BUILDINGS educational sessions ( bit.ly/2QQrCKr) that
offer you continuing education credits and helpful information.
Valerie Dennis Craven