Commercial HVAC Energy Efficiency for World Environment Day
The technology in the HVAC industry has come a long way and today systems are becoming even more energy efficient than before. The latest in efficiency standards has multiple benefits, both for business’ budget and comfort as well as the environment. On June 5 for World Environment Day, it is important to look at the developments in commercial HVAC energy efficiency and how it is helping the industry.
The Rise of Whole Building Design
Commercial buildings rely heavily on their HVAC systems. On average, an HVAC system in a commercial building uses 39% of the overall energy according to Vidaris. Previously building construction approached HVAC implementation as separate pieces of equipment. For example, when selecting HVAC a building owner would choose some kind of heater, an air conditioning system, and ventilation systems with duct fabrication. These pieces of equipment were chosen individually. With the rise of energy efficiency improvements in the past few decades, buildings are now approaching their HVAC needs with a whole building design and HVAC integration. By integrating the HVAC system components together along with the actual energy considerations made during construction, buildings can become highly efficient and see their initial investment in energy efficiency pay back in three to five years with energy bill cost savings.
Approaching Whole Building Commercial HVAC Energy Efficiency
To start with an integrated energy efficiency approach, the HVAC company has to collaborate with the building design or remodeling team. From floors to insulation to windows to ductwork, every piece of the building will contribute towards a higher energy efficiency rating. Some of the things that need to be considered to improve energy efficiency standards and see a savings on your energy bills in the long term are:
- Wall Material
- Window Efficiency
- Flooring Material
- Lighting Systems
- Energy Control Systems
- Coordination of Heating, AC, Humidifier, Dehumidifier, Ventilation Systems
- Custom Created Ductwork
Likewise, there are some systems and selection procedures that need to be decided on for optimal energy efficiency.
- Capacity for Current Operational Needs
- The Correct Size of HVAC Equipment
- Ability to Partly Load HVAC Equipment
- Future Development Considerations
- Operations and Maintenance Programs
Collaboration is Key
There is no room to be territorial when approaching a whole building commercial HVAC energy efficiency design. To save on energy bills and see a better impact on the environment without sacrificing the comfort of building occupants, all teams coordinating each of the above steps need to work in harmony. The HVAC company, electrical engineer, building engineer, and design teams all have to work in tandem to see a successful transition to efficiency.