Efficient HVAC playing bigger role in green, sustainable projects
LG Electronics USA was among the featured exhibitors at last month’s 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Expo in Philadelphia. The company, a leader in variable refrigerant flow technology and home comfort solutions, showcased several of its newest products and innovations – all designed to help engineers, contractors and architects create efficient, user-friendly systems.
On the heels of the expo, Proud Green Building asked LG’s Lorie Quillin-Bell about the growing role of HVAC systems in green and sustainable building. Quillin-Bell is the company’s director for the go-to-market, air conditioning systems.
Proud Green Building:LG had a significant presence last month at the AIA Expo in Philadelphia. How much more significant are high-performance HVAC systems becoming in the eyes of commercial facility designers?
Lorie Quillin-Bell: Having a high-performance HVAC system is extremely important to the commercial facility designer. In addition to the obvious criteria of using energy efficiently, and providing superior life-cycle performance, a key component of a high-performance building is occupant productivity. A comfortable working environment has a very positive impact on productivity and this is where VRF and duct-free air conditioning systems really excel. They are designed to maximize both comfort and efficiency.
PGB:LG introduced a number of new products and technologies at the AIA event. How well were they received, and how much of an impact will they have on the high-performance commercial building market?
LQB: Our products were well received at AIA. The challenge in any building is to find the most effective way to condition the space while at the same time ensuring that the solution is efficient from an energy and total cost of ownership perspective. And designers love that LG systems are compact and flexible with little to no duct-work, so they can deign to their vision and not have to make compromises in order to accommodate a conventional HVAC system’s bulky ductwork and mechanical room space.
PGB: What is attracting designers to high-performance HVAC systems?
LQB: Designers are looking for HVAC systems that deliver energy savings while providing customized comfort. In other parts of the world variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems are dominant technologies because they offer exceptional advantages, including reduced energy consumption, modular design, comfort on demand, superior zoning capabilities, and quiet, efficient operation.
PGB: Is the interest LG is seeing in its high-performance systems coming more from new construction projects, upgrades to existing structures or both?
LQB: It’s both. We want the industry to know that we have a system to meet any building design requirement.
PGB: Were there a couple of significant takeaways LG had from AIA that will assist the company as it continuously looks to improve its HVAC products and high-performance offerings?
LQB: It’s important to continue building relationships with the design community through industry events. Additionally, it’s important to educate the industry on the inherent benefits of our innovative LG technology and how our products are designed to fit virtually any commercial project.
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