For students at schools completing a dedicated HVAC or building environmental systems curriculum. The project encourages students with a solid HVAC base to use life-cycle cost process to compare and select the building HVAC system(s) as well as incorporate the sustainability process promoted by ASHRAE by integrating ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 - Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, and the US Green Building Council's LEED™ Rating System (or equivalent in the home country of international students).
The HVAC Systems Selection Category should be viewed as an "advanced" version of the HVAC Design Calculations Category. This is appropriate for students in a multi-course HVAC curriculum of study. The student design team is required to perform a life cycle cost analysis to compare and select the system that provides the lowest life cycle cost, all while staying within a set construction budget.
Similar to the HVAC Design Calculations category, each team is required to determine the building's cooling and heating loads in order to determine the required capacities of the building's HVAC systems: cooling and heating plants, air distribution system and equipment, and hydronic/steam piping systems as determined by the team.
Refer to HVAC System Design Calculations section for design assumptions to be used for both the System Selection category and Design Calculations.
Each student team should conduct an analysis that includes at least these elements:
- Three (3) different HVAC Systems must be compared and teams must demonstrate how well they meet the needs of the owner by showing multiple examples.
- Teams must show that they understand the criteria of evaluation and explain how they will rank the systems.
- Team will then have 15 minutes to sell the owner on why the design they have chosen best meets his requirements.
- Student teams should demonstrate how the building complies by explaining and showing multiple examples related to ASHRAE Standard 90.1, 55 and 62.1 or any other standard use.
- Remember that all the discussion such has (Life cycle cost, environment impact or any other subdivision mentioned in the judging criteria must be done for all the 3 systems and must include multiple examples.
ASHRAE student teams may locate the building in the capital of the students' location, i.e., students from Mexico may use Mexico City. Building criteria and design assumptions are to remain the same for all building sites, with the exception of the climate and utility information. Student teams should determine whether the buildings envelope as designed complies with ASHRAE Standard 90.1, 55 and 62.1.
We suggest that the Student Design Team work together with a local consulting engineer as mentor on this project. Your local ASHRAE Chapter Student Activities Chair) will support you in this endeavor by providing willing mentors from its ranks in the consulting community to assist you, at your request. If you need assistance locating your local Chapter Chair, please contact Justin Ledford (Assistant Manager of Student Activities) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HVAC System Selection Submittal Requirements
The submission for HVAC System Selection Category is limited to 15 minute visual aid (PowerPoint, Youtube, etc.) ALONG with a 30 page maximum technical report, using 11 point Arial or Times New Roman font submitted in PDF format.
The following topics should be covered in this order:
- Executive Summary
- Description of Systems Considered
- Life Cycle Cost Analysis
- Evaluation Criteria used to Select your Recommended System
- Schematics of Each System
- Project Sustainability Analysis
- Conclusions and Recommendations
HVAC System Selection Judging Criteria