Olson Kundig Architects
2012 AIA Seattle Honor Award
Photo Credit: Dwight Eschliman, Benjamin Benschneider
This class is part of AIA+2030, a ten-session Professional Series to help design professionals create buildings that meet the energy efficiency goals of the 2030 Challenge. Learn more and Register for the series.
Session VII: Right-sized: equipment and controls for super-efficient building system
After designing for maximum passive use of site resources and mitigating energy loads, the next step to a breakthrough building is properly sized equipment and employment of advanced controls. This session will explore the concept and application of designing and specifying equipment and controls for buildings that are already designed to take care of themselves, and need mechanical intervention only during periods of peak demand. Systems such as hybrid natural-mechanical ventilation systems and other approaches to engineer the mechanical system to be as small (efficient) and effective as possible will be explored.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
- Describe the concept of right-sizing as it applies to buildings employing passive energy conservation strategies
- Explain the importance of controls in optimizing the efficiency of equipment
- Enumerate energy efficient strategies to maintain occupant comfort
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