Sustainable Built Environments

2013 Edition
| Editors: Vivian Loftness, Dagmar Haase

Sustainable Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning

  • Kevin Hydes
  • Jennifer Fosket
Reference work entry

Definition of the Subject

Sustainable HVAC is the collection of tools, technologies, techniques, practices, and methodologies that heat, ventilate, and air-condition buildings with minimal consumption and environmental impact. Sustainable HVAC seeks to find ways, through integrated thinking, to minimize and reduce the capacity of primary heating/cooling and energy-moving equipment in order to achieve the low energy, zero energy, and increasingly “energy plus” buildings of tomorrow.


Commercial and residential buildings are an enormous drain of energy, consuming almost 40% of the annual US primary energy and 70% of the annual electric power [1, 2]. Green buildings, by contrast, are designed to be less resource intensive, have a lower environmental footprint, and reduce the life cycle environmental impacts of the materials used [2]. The enormity of the environmental footprint associated with the built environment means that engineers, whose work critically shapes that...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Integral GroupOaklandUSA
  2. 2.Social GreenBerkeleyUSA