Sustainable design for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) that includes pressure vessel specifications contribute to lower carbon emissions.
An initiative in Sydney has already used this to improve the performance of several buildings. The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) marked progress on its efforts after a 52 percent emissions-reduction rate for a $105 billion portfolio.
The BBP began in 2011 among major property owners across the country. It has set a target of reducing carbon emissions in buildings by up to 70 percent in 2030, although the recent progress indicates that it could be achieved ahead of time.
The buildings under the partnership recorded a 36 percent reduction rate for potable water consumption and $33 million in savings from power bills, aside from consuming 43 percent less energy. The partnership also aims to have net zero emissions for all buildings. In the next 10 years, net-zero energy buildings will be a major factor to push the envelope on sustainable construction, according to a report.
The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) released a report that detailed the future trends in the HVAC sector. Its findings include building policies that focus on net-zero energy and a review of buildings’ real performance, while stakeholders could familiarise themselves with the benefits and risk through training and awareness projects.
Incentives for energy-efficient maintenance should also be available, according to the report. Since HVAC systems account for a significant part of energy consumption, it makes sense for commercial and residential building developers to think of sustainable ways to design and manufacture them.
Meanwhile, the industrial HVAC market is also seeing growth, as a result of the strong activities in the construction industry. Masterflow Solutions is one of the largest suppliers for this sector.
Whether you are a member of the BBP, a sustainable HVAC design helps you save on costs and help the environment at the same time. What is your sustainable strategy for HVAC systems?