Climate design and installations
Climate systems nowadays form an integrated part of a building design. It is important to confront the client and architect with the various options (concepts) and pitfalls at the start of the design process. The basic principles are a high thermal comfort and a low energy consumption. In addition, the associated investment and operating expenses must be made visible. Climate design determines whether natural ventilation should be applied, whether the accumulating capacity is an advantage or a disadvantage, and whether the design meets the requirements of sustainability. Also the integration of street lighting is part of this process. In many cases, climate systems should be complementary on the architectural design; this is why verification of the architectural design is essential. For instance, in the application of facades, in which case the solar heat will in some situations be either barred or properly used. Concepts for daylighting and possibilities regarding concrete core activation should be considered. Visible elements such as grids and fixtures must also be aesthetically integrated. In the final system selection, the architectural design will a decisive factor and the integration with the architectural structure entirely self-evident . Especially, the use of installation components on roofs and in shafts will have to prove their added value by integration in the total structure.
The operational and logistic aspects of a project co determine the choice of a system. For instance, in rooms where people come together briefly in a public building (Church), Floor heating will not be sensible, whereas ventilation will be essential. At a 24/7 operational use (Hospital) outside pressure hierarchy, next to floor heating is necessary to prevent cross contamination between the various rooms. In many offices with noise on the façade, mechanical ventilation will be inevitable; use of high induction units allow a draft-free area and therefore a healthy building. In short, there are many arguments to translate a climate design into a sophisticated installation design. During the climate design we aim at an minimal application of installations . When implementing installations we aim for an optimal installation concept which complements the architectural design and integrates with the structural design.