Today’s libraries are places where children first discover the world, where people access technology of all kinds, find resources for work and education, build job skills, seek employment, start a business or nonprofit venture, search for health information, gather for meetings, socialize and learn at all stages of life. Today’s libraries are learner-driven, technology-centered and skill-focused. Public libraries also are transitioning to places where people create, collaborate and convene; where young and not-so-young minds are cultivated. Today, libraries are the center of their communities.
Central Library will use the energy-efficient air distribution Active Chilled Beams system to provide heat and air conditioning for the facility. Ceiling-mounted induction-activated chilled beams require only enough ducted air to handle ventilation and humidity requirements. This system will keep ductwork sizes to a minimum and allow ceiling spaces to remain high. Chilled beams use chilled and hot water as the main energy transport, thus improving overall HVAC efficiency compared to a traditional air heating/cooling system.
Chilled beams were developed in Norway in the 1970s and are standard practice in Europe.
For engineers, architects and builders, ASHRAE is the go-to site for in-depth information related to the form and function of chilled beams systems.