My most important class this semester is ARE 590. Integrated Building System Design. (3) [Methods for integration and coordination of structural, mechanical, electrical, and lighting systems in the building architectural design process.]
Every team in the class is given the same building, this semester an office building for an advertising company.
I'm in a team of four, and we each take different leadership positions throughout the semester.
Pictured here from right to left:
Nick is the electrical system leader.
Brandon was the mechanical system leader.
Julia was the plumbing system leader.
I was the structural system leader (even though my first choice was electrical).
For our mechanical system, we choose a geo-thermal heat pump system.
This is a site plan, with the 84 ground loops located south of the building underneath the parking lot.
Here is a diagram of the air-side of our system. We routed our exhaust and relief air through an energy recovery ventilator, which lowered our ourside air from 90 degrees in the summer to 77 degrees coming into the building and heat pump.
We had a big workroom (100' x 130') with 54" deep joists running across the 100' span. In this area, we placed six heat pumps within the joist space, as one is shown in this detail.
I will post more as I have time.