Elephant in the room SAVHydronic system design – the elephant in the room.

Building owners and operators are increasingly demanding more information about the performance of heating and cooling systems:

  • Energy management needs energy data
  • Facilities managers need information about the performance of heating and cooling systems
  • The board wants proof of energy efficiency and return on investment.

Yet in most commercial buildings the tools aren’t available to fully understand and manage the performance of heating and cooling systems – at a meaningful level – throughout the life of the asset.

This is the elephant in the room – it is an uncomfortable fact that people are reluctant to acknowledge.

NOW there is growing pressure on building services engineers to make that information readily available.

 

Designing for optimum performance of heating and cooling systems and giving clients access to the information they need – with the inherent flexibility to reconfigure systems easily as floor layouts change – is a challenge of elephantine proportions.

So how do you set about tackling the elephant? You first divide it into smaller, more manageable portions.

 

But how to go about it?

Metering zones of terminal units served by commissioning modules
Provides affordable visualisation of real-time system performance of heating and cooling systems at a meaningful (zone-by-zone) level and makes it easy to reconfigure zones as floor layouts change – just right!

  • Determining manageable portions of information
    Energy management needs energy data, so the key to enabling the smarter management of hydronic systems is to provide access to just the right amount of information – not too much, not too little, just right!For example, consider a speculative building where you know about the ‘whole elephant’ but at the design stage you don’t know how it will be divided up. Clearly the design needs to incorporate sub-metering; getting the level of sub-metering ‘just right’ is the key element. These are the possible options for understanding the performance of heating and cooling systems:
  • Metering each system centrally
    Only provides a coarse overview of system performance without the granular visualisation needed to fully understand performance of heating and cooling systems at zone level. Nor does it facilitate billing in multi-tenanted buildings.
  • Metering each floor
    Improves understanding of performance but does not facilitate billing on floors shared by several tenants.
  • Metering at each terminal unit
    Expensive to install, implement and manage and generates unnecessarily high volumes of data.

 

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