Hiding HVAC in plain sight

What do you do when there’s no room to retrofit an HVAC exhaust air system inside a building? Take it outside and hide it behind architectural accoutrement. That’s the solution implemented at Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville.
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Ensuring effective custom HVAC assemblies

As many designers can attest, selecting the most appropriate HVAC system involves more than an off-the-shelf purchase. Designing a mechanical system for maximum energy efficiency, reliability, serviceability, and sustainability—while meeting the varying usage needs of the customer—requires broad expertise and a thorough understanding of key considerations in system design.
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U of SC: Lessons in net-zero energy use

Creating a net-zero-energy, higher-education facility was at the heart of the design for the University of South Carolina’s new Darla Moore School of Business. The project was initiated after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hand-selected the university to partner with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).
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Pairing passive elements for a high-performance pavilion

Located in Fort Collins, Colorado State University’s (CSU’s) Pavilion transcends physical bounds to teach students sustainability through materials, advanced systems, and programmatic features. Showcasing unique passive technologies, its katabatic cooling tower and its Trombe parapet wall are a dynamic duo making this green structure truly innovative.
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