MORE THAN JUST ‘CONDITIONING'
Architect and Interiors India|March 2021
A LOOK AT THE MANY INNOVATIONS AND SOLUTIONS, STEERING THE HVAC INDUSTRY THAT IMPACT A BUILDING AND ITS INHABITANTS
The HVAC industry has been in constant flux. Catering to the ever-evolving demands of the markets, its solutions and offerings went from merely providing cool and conditioned air to defining the green quotient of a building, to maintaining the perfect IAQ, and now, its functionality also includes disinfecting and safeguarding the enclosed space. As Ravideep Singh, principal architect, CDA Architects, rightly puts it: “HVAC systems are like neural systems to the body of the building; self-efficient and autonomous HVAC systems would ensure that the facilities are greener, healthier and sustainable if designed well.”

With these changing scenarios, in 2021, there are many innovations and solutions, steering the HVAC industry that can impact a building and its inhabitants.

PUSHING ENERGY EFFICIENCY TO THE FOREFRONT

Increasingly, there is a focus on efficiency in the HVAC industry and market. Everything from high-efficiency equipment and products to limiting heat loss, architects and consultants are looking for new tools and technology innovations, and solutions to reduce waste. “The urban landscape continued to evolve as a result of modern construction technology. With the availability of inexpensive fossil fuels, sealed glass-and-steel, building spaces could be heated and cooled with massive (HVAC) systems. With depletive resources and harmful emissions to the environment, the need for sustainability drives our thought process to build holistic environments leading to the movement’s demand,” avers architect Ravideep Singh.

Sharing the same thought, Tripat Girdhar, principal architect, The Design Studio, says that, “There’s been a growing awareness about global warming capturing the public attention at large; and the HVAC industry has been propelled for about a decade now, by the Green Building movement to look at creative ways to minimise energy costs and enhance the efficiency of the indoor climate. The current focus of HVAC technology has moved towards sustainability, comfort, and energy efficiency. This is extremely significant based on the current scenario, our environment and the increasing demand for energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. To achieve an effective and higher level of green building ranking, the HVAC system should not only meet the norm on energy front, but also beat the standard codes such as Energy Conservation Building Codes (ECBC), India.”

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