High-Performance HVAC for MURBs/Multifamily – Reading List


The readings below are related to Steve Kemp’s April 2017 LAB Event on high-performance HVAC for multi-unit residential buildings. They address a range of issues including changing energy reporting requirements and research on airflow and corridorization. Together, these resources provide a general introduction to this topic and related research.

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Top 5 Things to Read:

#1: Airflow in Multi-unit Residential Buildings
RDH, available from rdh.com
Summary of (and links to) several RDH papers on airflow and corridorization, from BEST4, CCBST, and ASHRAE.

#2: Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking for Large Buildings
Government of Ontario, available from www.energy.gov.on.ca/en/ontarios-ewrb/
This page provides details of the Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) initiative, an example of upcoming energy reporting requirements.

#3: BSD-022 The Perfect HVAC
John Straube (RDH), available from buildingscience.com
Good background to provide context for other readings.

#4: BSI-075: How Do Buildings Stack Up?
Joseph Lstiburek (Building Science Corporation), available from buildingscience.com
This Insight from Joe Lstiburek explains stack effect in clear terms.

#5: Whole Building Design Guide: High Performance HVAC
Carl Ian Graham (Viridian Energy & Environmental, Inc). Available at www.wbdg.org/resources/high-performance-hvac
A good introductory article providing an overview of types of HVAC systems and key design principles.

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