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Good decisions in initial planning of hydraulic systems in high rise buildings help facilities operate more efficiently and effectively.
In a recent article for Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine, Suzan Sun-Yuan explains how hydraulic system components should be identified early in the planning for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC). In “Designing Hydraulic Systems on High-Rise, Large Buildings,” Sun-Yuan says this design should be done regardless of capacity range or occupancy type. She also explains the application of primary only and primary-secondary water distribution systems and how each are applied to large and supertall structures. Complex facitilites with large capacity central plants often involve a complicated set of variable that could easily result in a set of conflicting systems. Sun-Yuan’s article calls for the adoption of a standardized method for engineers to translate difficult systems into simplified, uniform solutions.
Suzan brings her extensive experience in the design of commercial, institutional, and educational facilities to ESD’s mission to improve society through the built environment.
For more information on hydraulic system design or other systems found in high rise or complex specialty buildings, reach out to Suzan.