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ASHRAE headquarters to be “living lab”

The renovated headquarters building for the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineer...


The renovated headquarters building for the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will have two different HVAC systems as a way of being a “living lab.”
On its first floor, the living lab will have air-cooled multi-split variable refrigerant flow fan coil units. These units will have zoned inverter-driven outdoor heat pumps.
The second level system will feature ground source direct expansion heat pumps for cooling and heating.
Both systems will share a dedicated common outside air system with energy recovery.
Bill Harrison, Ashrae’s president elect, explained that the systems will be used as an education tool: “The Living lab will support the ASHRAE research program with a rich resource of data on building system and equipment performance, a demonstration of performance monitoring and space for “real world” investigations in an operating building.
The ASHRAE staff is moving into temporary offices in September while the $5.4 million renovations of their existing building are carried out.
The renovated building will have a new learning centre.