Monday, November 29, 2010

Greenbuild Summary

I spent three days in Chicago at the Greenbuild convention. It was reported that it was the largest ever.

The big HVAC product seems to be Chilled Beams. There were at least seven (likely more) booths with Ceiling Chilled Beams and a few with Displacement Ventilation. Some booths even had regular overhead diffusers. Mostly though, it was Green construction and Green building material displays. Many of the attendees seemed to be Green consultants.

During my visit, I spent a couple hours in the USGBC “Knowledge Booth”. I enjoyed many of the conversations and discussions, but one topic that came up repeatedly was about Underfloor (UFAD) Technology. It appears there are still a number of misconceptions. To achieve a well working system and minimize complications, planning a UFAD project from the ground up is the most important step.

Authored by: Dan Int-Hout, Chief Engineer Krueger