Upgrading heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment involves replacing existing machinery with new, and more efficient, models. One method of increasing efficiency is through energy recovery, which can be achieved by various means, including improvements in zoning, heat pumps, and hardware. Current heating and cooling needs should be evaluated prior to replacing HVAC equipment so that maximum energy reductions, cost savings, and performance can be achieved. Ideally, improvements to the building envelope should be undertaken prior to replacing HVAC equipment so that smaller units can be considered.
Upgrading HVAC equipment with more efficient models will reduce energy consumption, costs, and CFCs. Additionally, the most recent innovations in HVAC equipment give these systems longer operating lives, as well as greater ease in the management of temperature control. An up-to-date HVAC system is essential to any commercial building becoming more efficient and sustainable.
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Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
Example of Buildings with Upgraded HVAC in the Boston Area:
- “Cubellis Headquarters Awarded Prestigious LEED Gold Building Certification” Rueters, Sept. 2, 2009
A Small Sample of Some HVAC Providers in Boston
- National Grid
- Columbia Gas
- Veolia Energy North America
- ENERGY STAR: Heating and Cooling Overview
- The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
- NEMA: Guidance on Energy Policy Act Commercial Building’s Tax Deduction Certification Letters
- USGBC: CFC Free Challenge
- EnergyPlus Energy Stimulation Software
In The News
- “Air Force Hanger HVAC Systems Renovation Achieves Energy Goal” Green Building News, June 29, 2011