The primary job of mechanical systems is to deliver comfort to people in the form of warm air, cool air, and hot and cold running water. Mechanical system parts include everything that has pipes, wires, or ductwork. Using less energy is good for the environment and public health and lowers the cost of living in the house. This page is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information on new technologies and Code requirements to achieve those goals.
Green mechanical systems don’t waste energy and the keep the indoor air fresh. They do all of that because they are designed to work in well-insulated and tightly built houses. These systems are not independent stand-alone systems; the design of the electrical systems and the type and size of the HVAC system depend on a range of factors including the building envelope, the climate, the size of the house, orientation, etc. Even with a tight, efficient envelope, a structure will not reach its efficiency potential unless the mechanical systems are chosen and installed properly.
GBRC will provide information to help you make the best energy conservation choices to meet your needs. Links will made available to other websites that will provide the most up-to-date technical information available. Areas of particular interests are:
- Heating Options
- Heat Distribution
- Cooling Options
- Ventilation Choices
- Air Sealing
Complete Code explanations are available on request and can be directed to the GBRC Ask Green Questions located on the Homeowner Tips or Commercial Resource pages.
OVER ITS LIFETIME, A HOUSE AND ITS OCCUPANTS USE A HUGE AMOUNT OF ENERGY. GOOD MECHANICAL SYSTEMS CAN HELP CONSERVE.
GOOD MECHANICAL SYSTEMS ESCAPE NOTICE. When properly designed and installed, plumbing and HVAC systems deliver contaminent-free water, clean air, and comfortable temperatures throughout the house. The same systems must carry waste water and stale air from the building. Source: GreenBuildingAdvisor.com/green-basics/mechanical-systems-overview