An HVAC Project that Has Potential for Increasing Energy Efficiency

A member of the Mechanical Contractors Association, Avi Polischuk joined R&S United Services in 2000. Through his New York company, Avi Polischuk offers expertise and services in designing energy efficiency into high-rise construction projects.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, commercial and industrial buildings in the United States use more than $400 billion of energy each year, accounting for half of all total U.S. energy use. In terms of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), high-rise buildings consume more energy than small-unit commercial real estate because they require HVAC systems to service greater number of floors, and if applicable, different zones of buildings.

To reduce energy consumption and increase efficiency in commercial and high-rise residential facilities, the Department of Energy funded a project conducted by the US-India Joint Center for Building Energy Research and Development, which seeks to enhance HVAC systems with the integration of additional technology and an outdoor non-compressor air system.

The project commenced in 2012 and has funding through 2017. By the end of the project term, the organization hopes to provide solutions that improve HVAC physical systems, optimizes cooling and dehumidification systems, and increases system performance by 30 percent.

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