Historic building renovations present unique challenges for HVAC contractors. Many historic structures lack the space for ductwork, and their electrical systems probably weren’t designed to handle modern central cooling and heating requirements. Contractors are expected to modernize the building while preserving its architectural and aesthetic integrity, which is no easy feat.
Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia
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We’ve published a new white paper detailing why VRF zoning systems are a particularly smart HVAC choice for meeting the unique challenges of a historic building renovation. This white paper can be a great resource for contractors, engineers and other building professionals who are hoping to learn more about VRF zoning technology for this potentially challenging application. The paper also outlines how VRF zoning systems can help historic buildings earn a substantial number of green building certification points, which is increasingly important in today’s industry.
Here are some highlights of why VRF zoning systems work well for historic building renovations:
- Architectural Preservation: Systems can be installed with minimal impact on the building’s architecture and help projects comply with requirements of the U.S. National Park Service, which call for preserving distinctive materials and construction techniques. Indoor units can be mounted just about anywhere, so high ceilings and period finishes can be preserved, which is very important to the aesthetics of historic buildings. Check out the Turner Construction case study for more information.
- Energy Efficiency: Some VRF zoning systems can heat and cool simultaneously, and units can be dedicated for small loads. Plus the 100 percent INVERTER-driven compressors and integrated energy recovery capabilities help with cutting down energy consumption. Check out the Miami University case study for more information.
- Flexible Installation: Condensing units are compact and light enough to be installed on a roof or small mechanical room, without comprising the structure. And small refrigerant lines are easy to install and can be camouflaged on the outside of the building. Check out the Strawberry Mansion case study for more information.
To learn more about how a VRF zoning system will benefit your next historic renovation job, click here. To view our full white paper library, click here.