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Chilled Beams


How to incorporate chilled beams into building design: the costs, the energy savings, and the impacts on the architectural program and HVAC system.

Learning Objective 1: 
Participates will learn the various features of chilled beam systems, Active vs Passive, and how each systems dynamics compare to each other as well as to HVAC.
Learning Objective 2: 
Participates will learn the pros and cons of each system as it relates to chilled beams, Passive vs Active, Integrated Panels vs Exposed Beams, Induction vs Condensation and Operating Cost vs Ideal Situations/Spaces.
Learning Objective 3: 
Participates will learn the differences, Installation/Layouts/Standards, between HVAC systems and Chilled Beams as well as the pro and cons to using each system.
Learning Objective 4: 
Participates will learn installation options of the chilled beam systems that deal with layout, integrating with other buildings systems, and Integrated Panels vs Exposed Beams.
Learning Units: 
1 LU
Course Status: 
AIA Course Number: 

Damon Woods
Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Woods is a licensed mechanical engineer who started working at the IDL as a graduate student back in 2013. His dissertation used energy models paired with weather forecasts to predict how a radiant slab should be managed to maximize occupant comfort. His current research focus is on the integration of surface temperatures into building energy management systems. Dr. Woods has taught courses in advanced thermodynamics and energy modeling. In the office, he spends his time working on energy models and estimating savings from energy upgrades; out of the office he is usually fly fishing or gardening. Dr. Woods earned his B.S. from Montana State University, his M.S. from Boise State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho.