Space Conditioning

Space Conditioning Design and Analysis

Teams have to discuss the range of performance objectives for the mechanical systems targeted for space conditioning. They have to describe the systems approach relative to the structure and climate, including design principles for the mechanical system, the proposed operation and control, and the thermal conditioning for each type of space in the home.

Teams also have to describe the design of the space conditioning operation goals, equipment selection and integration, operation and control, and evaluation of fuel selection options. They need to include system design using ACCA Manuals J, S, D, and T protocols or other industry practices such as ASHRAE or equipment manufacturer. They also should establish a set of commissioning (startup) requirements referenced to manufacturer and trade protocols.

Furthermore, all teams will have to summarize the maintenance requirements and ultimately have to define occupant and trades roles and include, if possible, estimated annual costs.




DOE, Building Technologies Office Library:

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Building Science Publications:

Resources from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America:

ENERGY STAR, Energy Savings at Home:

ASHRAE, Education & Certification Fundamentals of Air System Design:

Advanced Strategy Guideline: Air Distribution Basics and Duct Design:

Trane, VeriTrane Duct Designer:

Elite Software, Ductsize - HVAC Duct Sizing and Analysis:

Wrightsoft, Simple, Powerful HVAC Design and Sales Software:

Design Master, Software Duct Layout: