Roles of systems view and intelligent monitoring
by Nery D. Hernandez, LEED AP BD+C
Among building owners, facility managers, and consulting-specifying engineers who design hotwater systems, the last 10 years perhaps best can be described as the 'efficiency decade.' As more attention has been paid to green initiatives, LEED points, and the like, the efficiency ratings of boilers have become an all-important consideration.
As the market now understands, however, there is much more to lowering operating costs and optimizing system performance than a boiler's published efficiency. The application, how well the boiler integrates with other system components, and the controls are important factors as well. With greater knowledge of system optimization, engineers and facility professionals are taking more of a system-level approach to operation.