New BEST solution provides building efficiency edge

| by Steve Arel
New BEST solution provides building efficiency edge

Building owners and managers constantly look for ways to make their facilities more energy efficient. 

Though technology these days provides a holistic view of structural systems that can drive down costs and spike building performance, implementing such solutions often means spending thousands of dollars.

Until now.

A new interactive Building Efficiency System Tool, known as BEST, has been unveiled by a group of commercial manufacturers from the United States, Mexico, and Canada to help prospective buyers, consulting engineers, and design/build professionals analyze real-world HVAC options to pinpoint the best system that meets budgetary and performance requirements. The total commercial building HVAC system efficiency comparison tool – billed as a “game changer” – solves the industry challenge of accurately comparing different styles of HVAC systems early in the design process, the company said in a release. 

Perhaps best of all – the solution is free.

BEST brings EER, IEER, SEER, and COP data together to compare the performance, life cycles and costs for any type of HVAC system – apples to apples, the company says.

BEST was created by a diverse group of commercial manufacturers from the United States, Mexico and Canada to help prospective buyers, consulting engineers and design/build professionals analyze real-world HVAC options to pinpoint the best system that meets budgetary and performance requirements.

BEST is easy to use, officials said. Users just enter the square footage of a building, number of stories and the nearest city for local weather data. They then choose from more than 30 pre-loaded HVAC system types or customize for a particular building’s needs, then compare results. 

BEST features more than 100 default input settings, including system cost per square foot, that are all adjustable to model any building in any location. BEST quickly outputs estimated installation cost, replacement cost, maintenance cost, monthly energy cost, electrical and fossil fuel consumption costs, total life cycle cost, cumulative life cycle cost by year, system payback time, pump and fan HP, system coefficient of performance (COP) and more.

BEST uses the Building Energy Efficiency Ratio (BEER), which take certified AHRI data, including certified unit efficiency ratios, certified manufacturers’ published performance data, component performance curves and pipe or duct required in typical systems with “as applied” correction factors – combining them to bridge the gap between laboratory test data and real world HVAC system performance to include installed and utility cost against load and weather.

BEST can now be downloaded here.


Topics: Architectural Firms, Automation and Controls, Building Owners and Managers, Construction Firms, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Energy Saving Products, Great Commercial Buildings, HVAC - Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Interiors, Multifamily / Multiunit Residential, Office Buildings, Technology, Urban Planning and Design, Ventilation

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