LG released a recent case study in Contracting Business: LG HVAC System Provides Quiet Comfort to Women’s Shelter. RTM Engineering Consultants was pleased to be included related to our work on the Orlando’s Women’s Residential & Counseling Center (WRCC), a facility that transforms the lives of homeless and battered women and children. WRCC was operating with failing HVAC systems and desperately needed an upgraded air conditioning and water heating system to improve comfort and reduce operating costs. RTM committed to designing and administering this project as a 100% donated service.
Because the women’s shelter operates solely on raised funds, donations and grants, an outdated and inefficient HVAC system was becoming too costly for them to operate in high Florida temperatures. The comfort of the women and children is a top priority to WRCC and so shutting down the entire building for construction was not an option, as it operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. RTM ran comprehensive energy analyses and evaluated both the renovation criteria and available HVAC technologies to choose a HVAC system that allowed for a phased process of partial installations, while still functioning properly in other parts of the building.
According to the LG case study, the team at RTM ultimately chose the LG Multi V™ variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system with heat recovery and zoning capabilities as it would provide the most cost effective solution for the shelter. This system would allow for a phased installation with the additional benefit of room-by-room temperature control. Equally significant, the LG heat recovery technology would continually provide lower energy consumption in the building by moving waste heat from zones that need cooling to zones that need heat.
“LG’s VRF system was the clear solution because we were able to install a zoned system that allowed us to renovate in phases to minimize exposing residents to construction, while installing an extremely silent HVAC system,” said Mitesh Smart, PE, LEED AP, Principal, RTM Associates. “This project was unique because we wanted to focus on creating a peaceful environment throughout the construction process, as well as after the installation was complete. Thanks to LG’s technologies, we were able to maintain a calm environment while the shelter was under construction.”
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