Architectural Designs and HVAC Systems

hvac service in MOAmerican Services HVAC installation near Ladue knows that the control of the thermal environment, through HVAC systems, is a key objective for virtually all occupied buildings. Historically, this has been a monumental feat to address for the purpose of survival. However, in the modern day thermal control goes far beyond survival and involves complex thermal comfort and air quality concerns that influence health, satisfaction and productivity.

HVAC system integration in architectural design is of great importance. Typically HVAC systems can require a fair amount of floor space and/or building volume for equipment and distribution components. This must be considered in the design process. Typically HVAC system space requirements will account for 3-11% of a building’s gross floor area. HVAC systems can also constitute a major budget item for construction costs. HVAC systems in single family residences only account for 2.3% of the total cost whereas in a restaurant it can account for up to 19.1% of the construction cost. Additionally, the success or failure of thermal comfort efforts in an architectural design is directly related to the success or failure of the HVAC system selection and integration process. Always ensure your architect consults with an HVAC expert when designing a new structure or remodeling an existing one. Lastly, HVAC systems are a major driver of building energy consumption. A good architectural design will focus on reducing energy consumption through the selection of green equipment that is correctly sized and properly installed. Relative percentage of total building energy use can range from 34% to 70% in the HVAC system alone which is directly related to operating costs and ultimately your bottom line.