Commercial building HVAC is one of, if not the, largest consumer of energy in just about every commercial building. As a result the commercial building HVAC system is a big part of helping designers and architects meet net zero energy goals.
Commercial building HVAC and lighting at typically responsible for most of the energy costs in running a building, so when technological improvements can be made it’s a big deal. While many in the public view green buildings and net zero buildings as an environmentally responsible choice, building owners also see it as a good business decision.
Approximately 40% of the energy in commercial buildings is allocated to HVAC equipment, so it’s easy to see that finding efficiencies in the mechanical systems of the boilers, air conditioners and other components is beneficial. In terms of achieving any sort of LEED or net zero status finding these efficiencies is essential.
A high-efficiency commercial building HVAC system uses innovative technologies, such as inverters that drive the compressor and smart controls to manage time and usage. Essentially, every watt that can be saved in HVAC, lighting and other areas that doesn’t have to be generated by renewable energy makes achieving designations easier. Many net-zero-energy buildings avoid the direct usage of fossil fuels and install heat pumps when applicable. The electrification of heating through via heat pumps and the electrification of transportation via electric vehicles are common net-zero-energy building components.
The size and energy consumption of the HVAC systems also directly relate to key building design features such as orientation, building envelope, lighting system, and appliances. By starting with the HVAC system, since it’s the largest energy hog, it’s easier to configure other systems in order to minimize overall energy consumption.
Much of this is done prior to construction in the planning stages, but it’s also important to properly maintain and repair commercial building HVAC components regularly.
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