Building Management Systems (BMB) keeps health facility’s HVAC components in check

In this health facility in Allentown, PA hundreds of mechanical components are connected by a modular control network that now serves the 36,000-sq-ft, two-story building. 

The building relies on a system involving a geothermal component, chilled beams, and a single-pipe distribution system tied to advanced mixing blocks.

Penn Foundation Project

Penn Foundation Project

Geothermal systems were installed that harvest energy from the earth. But the real uniqueness of this job is the way Btus are removed from or delivered to enclosed spaces. Different water temperatures are readily available for a variety of terminal units throughout the facility from a single-pipe system because we’re using new, off-the-shelf injection mixing blocks that blend supply and return water temperatures from the main. Injection mixing provides the perfect balance of everything designers, installers, and building owners most want.

A project like this is simplified only when the control system is ideally suited to all of the components that must work in tandem. With a BMS monitoring the overall performance, the design has helped the facility save on both energy and maintenance costs. Read more:

Hydronic Systems Provide Better Energy Efficiency

By Greg Cunniff, Taco’s Applications Engineering Manager

Today’s HVAC industry offers a number of choices when it comes to providing heating and cooling in a large building: the three basic methods to provide comfort and move Btu around a building are by using water, air or refrigerant.

In our next series, we’ll compare these types of comfort systems. We’ll start by examining the energy efficiency issues. ASHRAE building in Atlanta offers an interesting opportunity for systems performance comparison: 


The energy consumption of any HVAC system is comprised of two components: equipment that generates heating or cooling and equipment that distributes it. The energy needed to generate heating and cooling commands the majority of energy consumption in an HVAC system, but the energy required for distribution is significant. It can take 40% of total electrical cooling energy demand to move Btu in an air system, 30% in refrigeration systems and 20% in hydronic systems.

The challenge of comparing the energy efficiency of HVAC systems always has been to take both the distribution and generation components into account while using the same set of test criteria.

Read the full article: Hydronic systems provide better energy efficiency


Smart Farming with a Smart Hydronic System

By Jeff Pitcarin, Eastern Commercial Regional Manager at Taco, Inc.

To a  chicken farmer Earl Ray Zimmerman of Lancaster County, PA, keeping his 30,000 broilers (chickens for meat) warm at a steady temperature is critical to his profit picture. Sustainability is at the top of his list, too, so Matt Aungst of Total Energy Solutions, LLC teamed up with Taco to create a sustainable, precision hydronic chicken house heating solution. Matt used Taco’s free Hydronic System Solutions® software to design the system.

Biofuel to the Rescue

The advanced hydronic biofuel heating system conditions two 500-f. chicken houses. Each building contains up to 30,000 birds.

The new heating system resulted in significant cost reduction, production increases for the farmer, reduction of water-source pollution, as well as health and living condition improvement for the animals.

Read more on how the manure-burning heating system is a real win for the farm in the Biofuel to the Rescue article.


Become a Guest Contributor

Taco’s Design Pro community is for those involved in all aspects of the commercial HVAC market — designers, engineers, design-build contractors, building owners, facility managers and the green building community.

It’s a growing, interactive community that depends on HVAC pros like you to participate for the community to reach its full potential.

Are you willing to share your professional experience, thoughts, judgement and opinion with other Taco Design Pro community members? Please let us know. We would be excited to talk to you! Share your suggestions in the comments below. 

Tour the Mechanical Room

Have you taken a virtual tour of our new energy-efficient Mechanical Room at the Taco Innovation & Development Center (IDC)?

We invite you to visit Center’s dedicated mechanical room, a showcase for the latest in energy savings and sustainable products and systems available in the HVAC industry today. The building includes advanced hydronics system applications such as radiant cooling, radiant heating, snowmelt, geothermal and solar thermal in a total of 25 “Living Laboratories” that provide for hands-on learning.

In this video, Rich Medairos, project mechanical engineer, walks you through the highlights of this sophisticated, integrated installation incorporating a variety of design strategies for an energy efficient building including:

• Active chilled beams.
• An energy recovery unit.
• Solar hot water generation.
• The iWorx system building management.
• High-efficiency pumps, chillers and boilers.
• Variable speed pumping applications.

Take a virtual tour now:

Better Buildings, Better Working Environments

Better Buildings = Better Working Environment

What does it take to create a better working environment? Designing greener buildings for the benefit of the people who work in them means providing better space organization, bringing ample fresh air, getting natural light into the building.

In the Taco Innovation & Development Center, our major focus of renovations to the existing Taco building was creating a more open, collaborative work environment for all departments. In this new video, the project’s architect Steve Decatur and interior designer Kate Ducat of Baker Design Group addressed the building’s core design objectives and energy-efficient lighting technology:

We would be interested to hear about your sustainability-focused experiences and projects you are involved with!

Web Based Building Controls

We are pleased to offer interactive classroom presentations in the new Innovation and Development Center (IDC). In partnership with B.J. Terroni Company, the training “Web Based Building Controls” is presented by Roger Michaud, iWorx National Sales Manager of Taco, Inc.

Hands on training allows you and your company with limited to no controls experience to fully create, install and commission web based systems. You will learn about the power and simplicity of a new generation of Building Controls, allowing you and your company to participate in the growing market for controls. You will experience hands on our iWorx system, a web-based building management, monitoring, and control system designed specifically for high-end residential and light commercial markets. From hydronics to VAV systems, Geothermal to BTU metering, iWorx provides a simple yet powerful controls platform.

Experience this interactive training by visiting our virtual IDC classroom tour.

Web Based Building Controls 

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