Southwest HVAC News
Direct Expansion Solutions
Provides Customized Energy-Efficient HVAC Equipment to The
American Institute of Architects San Antonio New Center for
System Delivers Zoned Climate Control to Reduce Cooling Costs.
Direct Expansion Solutions (DXS), a North American HVAC
manufacturers' representative that specializes in variable
refrigerant flow (VRF) implementation and design, announced today it
provided a customized HVAC system to The American Institute of
Architects San Antonio (AIA San Antonio) Center for Architecture,
located at 1344 South Flores Street in the historic SoFlo area near
downtown San Antonio.
“AIA San Antonio is fortunate to have a partner as committed to our
industry as DXS is,” said John Mize, 2014 AIA San Antonio President.
“They provided their unique expertise and a cutting-edge VRF system
for our former space at Pearl Brewery, so we were delighted to work
with them again.”
VRF technology offers multiple benefits compared with traditional
systems, including energy efficiency and easy design, installation,
and maintenance. The ability to control the refrigerant flow
throughout a building will benefit The Center for Architecture,
allowing its multiple users to control the climate in their space
and reduce energy costs. Ductless installation will prevent heat
loss/gain for additional savings.
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“Our challenge was
to create a functional and sustainable system that will
efficiently provide a high level of comfort in a multi-space
building,” said Thomas McLaughlin, DXS principal. “Our creative
solution uses VRF technology to enable climate control of
individual spaces such as large meeting areas and smaller
offices, maximizing efficiency and minimizing energy costs.”
As one of the few HVAC providers in the nation to exclusively
specialize in VRF solutions, DXS works with engineers,
architects and building owners to provide comprehensive support
in the design, implementation and maintenance stages. Alamo
Architects and OCO Architects provided the architectural design,
and worked with Cleary Zimmermann Engineers, who designed the
mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) building systems. DXS
also worked with Gillette, the mechanical contractor, to install
Daikin VRV Systems, with a mix of indoor ducted and ductless
units operated by Daikin controls. The system qualifies for CPS
Energy’s newly released VRF energy rebate program.
“Some of our goals for this project were to create a space with
a low energy footprint and low operational costs, especially
since the space is used for a variety of purposes, including
offices, meeting space and large events,” said Cleary
Zimmermann’s director of building analytics, Nishant Kanapilly,
LEED BD+C. “We kept initial costs down by re-using most of the
existing duct work, partitions and equipment in our design.
Additionally, Demand Controlled Ventilation using CO2 sensors
allows the amount of outside air required to be reduced to a
minimum when the spaces are not being used.”
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