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Top HVAC technologies in modern STEM buildings: Implementation trends and result

While the leading edge of yesterday’s high-performance design strategies for buildings are more commonplace today, they certainly are not universal. Based on a wide-reaching survey including owners and ends users of new STEM and convergent science facilities nationwide, this session will gauge the extent to which such systems as chilled beams, radiant panels/chilled sails, energy recovery wheels, enhanced runaround loops, recirculating fume hoods, lab air quality sensing, variable exhaust with active wind monitoring, and others are being employed and owners are satisfied with them. We will discuss the merits of these types of systems in STEM facilities and why we are encouraged by their widespread adoption. Anticipating the certainty of pedagogical change and the rise of new areas of interest within STEM (i.e. VR caves, makerspace, etc.), the MEP systems must be adaptable while not overly complex. The coming wave of STEM buildings focused on physical sciences, engineering, and robots will allow the envelope to be pushed even further.

Session Date

04/23/18 @ 12am


Boston, MA


Tradeline Inc.



Transpired Solar Collector diagram.


  1. Latest from-the-ground performance assessments of top High Performance Design strategies deployed in the first wave of new generation STEM buildings coming on line.
  2. Understanding of high-performance design and flexibility limitations and opportunities unique to STEM buildings.
  3. Array of impactful technologies and strategies, grouped by budget, high cost-to-low.
  4. Roster of proven technology/STEM program pairings, drawn from owner survey and vetted through the presenters’ experience and expertise in STEM building projects.

Daylight Strategies diagram.