ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Series Technical Seminar on Emerging HVAC Technologies for Energy Efficient Healthy Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates

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Date(s) - 25/04/2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Room 202E, 2/F Jockey Club Environmental Building, 77 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

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Enquiry: Mr. Keith Pang at email to

Organised by: ASHRAE-HK Chapter


  1. In recent times, clear associations are being established between ventilation rates, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and the productivity of workforce in various types of buildings, most significant of which is the commercial and office building sector. It is also an established fact that HVAC systems do consume a significant proportion of national energy budget in any country irrespective of whether the HVAC design is “Cooling Driven” or “Heating Driven”. Hence, the notion of Energy Efficient Healthy Buildings is gaining popularity worldwide in the context of sustainable design and it is even more challenging in hot and humid climates that have all-year air-conditioning demand in the form of energy intensive cooling and dehumidification. It is quite apparent that Climate Change effects are only going to make the HVAC designer’s job even more challenging in the future. Whilst SOURCE CONTROL is commonly advocated as the fundamental approach to eliminating or containing the contaminant levels inside the building, a more practical and often necessary approach is likely to be EXPOSURE CONTROL. Thus, ventilation plays an important role in providing a quality built environment. Two considerations are highlighted in order to achieve “good” indoor air quality (IAQ) and energy efficiency – the enhanced dehumidifying performance of cooling coils and the effectiveness of air distribution strategies. The concept of decoupling “ventilation air” from “supply air” is fast emerging as an ideal solution to combat thermal comfort and indoor air quality (IAQ) issues in a sustainable manner. This seminar will highlight some of the current and future technologies for air-conditioning and air-distribution that can collectively contribute to the design of energy efficient healthy buildings. The air-conditioning technologies reviewed include the Low Face Velocity-High Coolant Velocity (LFV-HCV) system; outside air pre-treatment system; single coil twin fan (SCTF) system employing a compartmented cooling coil; desiccant dehumidification system and heat pipe. The air-distribution systems reviewed include SCTF system with independent “ventilation” and “thermal cooling” on zone-based demand; personalized ventilation system coupled with secondary ambient air distribution system and dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) coupled with chilled beams or radiant chilled ceiling.