SmithGroup mechanical engineer Fletcher J. Clarcq partnered to test the response time of active chilled beams when used in spaces such as conference rooms that experience quickly fluctuating occupancy rates and found that chilled beam systems respond just as quickly as traditional HVAC air systems.
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"Recovery time for rooms subject to wide total load swings is a common and understandable concern for building owners and engineers considering chilled beam systems. The perceived risk of elevated humidity, or ‘mugginess,’ in a space due to slow response time from a mechanical system serving rooms subject to wide latent load swings, is warranted... However, these tests demonstrate properly designed chilled beam systems respond to load changes just as quickly as an equivalent constant volume or variable volume air system."
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