"The project also proved the inherent value in right-sizing systems: carefully analyzing demand and taking advantage of energy storage opportunities to reduce system size to handle peak period demands. This can reduce the size of the HVAC system without sacrificing comfort. It also allows for strategic cost transfer: using the savings from one cost-saving material or method to invest in other, costlier items.
The effort to reduce energy demand runs in tandem with right-sizing systems. Whether it’s through occupant behavior changes, fixed external shading, or better-performing technologies tied to the use of heating, cooling, lighting, and other major users of energy, this means the supply systems can be smaller and, therefore, less expensive." Excerpt from PLATINUM HEALTHCARE BUILDING ON A CONVENTIONAL BUDGET, This multiuse healthcare center aims to join the world’s green building elite through innovative engineering BY ANDY FRICHTL, PE, AND JERRY YUDELSON, PE
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