Varied HVAC systems to be featured in sustainable ASHRAE headquarters
Forging ahead on its path to sustainable operations, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers is renovating its Atlanta-based headquarters. Upon completion, the facility will feature two separate HVAC systems among its new features, all of which are designed to allow the facility to serve as a living lab.
Level one of the building will feature air-cooled, multi-split, variable refrigerant flow-fan coil units with zoned, inverter-driven outdoor heat pumps. Level two will feature ground-source, direct expansion heat pumps for cooling and heating. Both systems will use a common dedicated outside air system, served by a 100% outside air unit with an energy recovery wheel, a series desiccant dehumidification wheel, electrostatic enhanced filters and DX air-cooled R410 multi-stage compressor/condensers.
“The living lab will support the ASHRAE research program with a rich resource of data on building, system and equipment performance, a demonstration of performance monitoring and space for real-world investigations in an operating building,” said Bill Harrison, ASHRAE president-elect, who serves as chair of the committee overseeing the project.
The renovation is expected to be completed in June 2008 at an estimated cost of $5.4 million and will feature a new learning center. Complete information on the renovation can be found at here . ASHRAE also plans to apply for a LEED Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council ’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system.