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Energy-Efficient HVAC Design: An Essential Guide for Sustainable Building, ISBN-13: 978-3319110462

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  • 162 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2014 edition (October 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3319110462
  • ISBN-13: 978-3319110462

 

This book provides readers with essential knowledge enabling the successful design of today’s new energy efficient HVAC systems. The author introduces important concepts such as Knowledge Categorization, Performance Based Design Standards, and Quantification of Uncertainty in Energy Modeling for Buildings. Pivotal topics that all HVAC and architectural engineers must master in order to navigate the green building renaissance are given focused attention, including the role of renewables, air quality, automatic controls, and thermal comfort. Relevant ASHRAE standards, as well as sustainability scoring systems such as BREEAM, HQE, LEED and CASBEE are explained in depth. Armed with the material contained in this practical reference, students and practitioners alike will become more effective and prepared for engineering success.

Designing a building is a complex task requiring close cooperation among the architect and a group of engineers with different expertise, such as mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and structural engineers. Up to a few decades ago the main target of the traditional building designers in general was to design a building that is beautiful, comfortable, cost effective, and capable of satisfying the building applicable functions. The focus of the modern era building designers in response to the world energy uncertainty and its increasing cost and adverse effects on environment has changed to not only satisfying these traditional design targets, but also minimizing consumption of energy in the buildings. This has imposed a big burden on the architects and engineers to change the way they have pursued building design. Now, not only they have to comply with common standards and codes such as building code and mechanical code, but also have to comply with the new regulations based on requirements that are set by organizations such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in order to surpass the energy saving thresholds that are enforced by energy standards such as ASHRAE standard 90.1.

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