Project Snapshot | UMass Boston – Integrated Science Complex

UMASSB0STON_ID_blueThe new 220,000 square foot Integrated Science Complex at the University of Massachusetts – Boston Campus will be the first new academic building on the campus since it opened in 1974.  The building is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification and will open in 2014.  A state of the art Konvekta energy recovery system is being installed as a key part of the energy efficiency plan.

Project Name: UMass BostonIntegrated Science Complex
Architect: Goody Clancy
Mechanical Engineer: Vanderweil
Contractor: J. C. Higgins
Equipment: High Efficiency Pumped Glycol Energy Recovery Systems
Manufacturer: Konvekta
Size: 210,000 CFM total
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UMass Integrated Sci Bldg RenderingThe Konvekta energy recovery system serves five supply air handling units and two exhaust air handling units.  In addition to energy recovery the system provides all heating of the 210,000 CFM of supply air.  On cold winter days this is achieved with the help of plate and frame heat exchangers that boost the water/glycol temperature.  The plate and frame heat exchangers are fed with hot water from the boiler.

Operating Performance

During the winter season the Konvekta system with provide nearly 80% of the net heating requirement for the building from energy recovery.

Konvekta:   Unique Cost Transparency Concerning Energy Efficiency 

Konvekta AG, founded in 1949, is one of the leading manufacturers of air/liquid lamellar heat exchangers.   The heat exchangers are custom designed for each application and manufactured in Switzerland.   They are primarily suitable for utilization in HVAC energy recovery.

umass-Konvekta layoutThe Konvekta system is based on three core elements of a high-efficiency energy recovery system at their disposal:

Highly efficient heat exchanger

• Hydraulic assembly unit

• System Controller – After installation of a Konvekta heat recovery system the system controller continuously records the system operating parameters and transmits the data via the internet to Konvekta headquarters in Switzerland.  The Syskom software calculates the investment cost as well as the annual operating cost of entire HVAC systems (air-conditioning system, refrigeration plant including re-cooling). Depending on the customer’s interests, the system can be optimized through changes in operating conditions and variations of components. This computing service is free of charge for Konvekta customers.

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