Underfloor Air Distribution Systems
“How can we optimize HVAC systems by completely reinventing them?”
Most HVAC systems operate by using ceiling-based air vents. However, the air funneled can suffer from low quality, induce low comfort, and most importantly give a high energy bill! So how can we use our engineering mindset to fix these problems? Well, what if we were to completely reinvent the paradigm, and instead funnel air directly from the ground? It turns out that this is the exact idea behind a technology known as Underfloor Air Distribution Systems. These systems work by filtering air through the open space between the structural concrete slabs on the floor of a building using plenums for direct cooling. Underfloor Air Distribution Systems are commonly implemented in data centers for their high efficiency and low cost.