A team of students from Warsaw University of Technology in Poland were last month named the winners of the ‘HVAC System Selection’ category in the 2017 ASHRAE Student Design Competition. IES partnered with the student team to provide free access to its Virtual Environment (VE) software.
The ASHRAE Student Design Competition recognizes outstanding student design projects, encourages undergraduate students to become involved in the profession, promotes teamwork and allows students to apply their knowledge of practical design.
The winning project, PROJECT ISLAND, aimed to design the best HVAC system for a building of a metro station located on one of Diego de Ramirez Islands in Chile, 60 miles from Cape Horn. The students used the IESVE to model the HVAC system and run calculations and dynamic simulations that were compatible with ASHRAE Standards. This included HVAC Loads calculations and solar analysis to measure the amount of PV panels required.
On the project website the team described how they felt about winning the competition…
“We feel honored and proud to be awarded. Getting a first prize in an international, prestigious competition has a truly great meaning for us. It is a valuable, amazing experience. This success is a truly remarkable moment in our student careers.”
The full technical report for Project Island can be downloaded via this link.