This measure can be claimed if the fans in the Air Handling Units (AHUs) of the HVAC system are installed with Variable Speed Drive (VSD) motors. These are typically variable-frequency drive (VFD) or adjustable-frequency drive motors although other VSD technologies are also available.
The aim is to encourage the project team to specify VSDs, which modulate the motor speed of AHU fans based on actual demand.
Air Handling Units (AHUs) are part of the typical HVAC system which contain heating/cooling coils, filters and fans. The fans use a significant amount of energy if they continuously run at a constant speed. Variable Speed Drive (VSD) motors use an electronic device to modulate the speed of the fan motors based on actual heating/cooling demand. The power demand of motors is directly proportional to the cube of the motor speed. So, even a 20% reduction in motor speed cuts down power consumption by about half.
To claim this measure, the design team must demonstrate that all the installed AHU fans have VSD motors.
VSDs offer a high degree of control and are extremely versatile. They are available both as integrated and standalone devices that can be connected to the fan motor.
The base case for the air conditioning system is dependent on the building size and type. This measure will show savings only if the air conditioning system has AHUs. The assumption is that all fans in the HVAC system will be provided with VSDs.
To demonstrate compliance, the design team must describe the specified system and provide documentation to support the claims.
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At the design stage, the following must be used to demonstrate compliance:
At the post-construction stage, the following must be used to demonstrate compliance:
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