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What Is a Passive Chilled Beam?

Posted by Price Industries on May 10, 2022 at 9:29 AM

Using Natural Convection to Provide Energy-Efficient Comfort

Chilled beam technology is often separated into two categories: active and passive. As we explored in a previous blog post, active chilled beams take in primary air from an air handler, which is then pressurized and released through a series of nozzles. Passive chilled beams, however, do not have any supply air ducted to them and operate utilizing natural convection. This energy-efficient cooling device is often coupled with other air systems such as underfloor air, displacement ventilation and active chilled beams.

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Topics: Beams, HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC, Engineering

How Does an Active Chilled Beam Work?

Posted by Price Industries on August 26, 2021 at 8:30 AM

The Induction Process and the Science Behind Chilled Beams

Although perceived as an up-and-coming technology, chilled beams have been around for years. This system offers many benefits, including energy savings over the lifespan of a project, reduced duct sizing, lower noise levels and minimal required maintenance.

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Topics: Beams, HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC, Engineering

How To Optimize Hydronic Systems

Posted by Price Industries on August 10, 2021 at 10:30 AM

Reducing overall energy consumption with Chilled Beams

In modern buildings, the heating, cooling, and ventilation systems consume a large portion of the total energy use. This creates an obvious target when looking for areas where improvements and optimizations can reduce annual energy consumption. Costs associated with these improvements can be reduced year over year. Within the HVAC system, the largest consumer of energy will typically be fan energy. Using hydronic systems to transport heating or cooling energy throughout a building is a great way to dramatically reduce the overall energy consumption of the entire HVAC system.

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Topics: Beams, System Efficiency, HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC, Engineering, Design Engineering, Tech Tip

Create High Performance Schools

Posted by Price Industries on May 18, 2021 at 2:14 PM

The Benefits of Displacement Ventilation and Chilled Beams for Efficiency

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a high performance school as energy and resource efficient. Creating a high performance school is not difficult, but it requires an integrated, “whole building” approach from the beginning of the design process.

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Topics: LEED for Schools, Beams, Displacement, System Efficiency, HVAC Fundamentals, HVAC, Engineering, Design Engineering

Chilled Beams in HVAC Design

Posted by Price Industries on October 20, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Taking Flexibility with Chilled Beams to the Next Level

In a building’s life cycle, the interior infrastructure may undergo multiple renovations or tenant improvements (TI). A TI project will typically involve adding, moving, or removing walls, furniture,
occupants, electrical wiring, and even the HVAC air distribution system in some instances. TI projects for the air distribution system can cost up to $30/ft2, which brings forth the challenge of ensuring flexibility in the HVAC design to minimize future TI or renovation costs.

Figure 1: Standard ACBL
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Topics: Beams, System Efficiency, Thermal Comfort, HVAC, Engineering, Design Engineering

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