Radiant cooling can save up to 50% on electricity costs for cooling a typical office building versus an all-air system. Radiant cooling has been used successfully in Walmart stores, research labs at Lawrence Berkeley (Calif.) National Laboratory, housing for the Olympic Village in Vancouver, and the main library at the University of Minnesota. Several LEED Platinum projects use radiant cooling: Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg; the David Brower Center, Berkeley, Calif.; Cooper Union, New York City; and the netzero energy National Renewable Energy Lab, Golden, Colo. Building Design+Construction consulted technical experts on what to look for in radiant cooling. Take this course to learn the top 21 tips.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
- DESCRIBE the three major types of radiant cooling and heating systems.
- DISCUSS the proper role of radiant cooling and its energy-saving capabilities.
- LIST three significant building projects that have successfully employed radiant cooling.
- EVALUATE when ceiling or wall radiant cooling would bepreferable to a slab system.