Uponor hosted more than 40 engineers, contractors, reps and media members Sept. 11-12 at its Apple Valley, Minnesota, headquarters for its 2018 Engineering Summit.
Robert Bean, P.E., the director of Canada-based Indoor Climate Consultants, presented on how engineers should integrate the human sciences of thermal comfort, air and lighting quality within their HVAC designs. Each attendee received four Professional Development Hours after the presentation.
Bean noted that humans “judge buildings with our sensory systems.” Sound quality is the number one complaint, according to a study Bean cited. He says that’s because buildings have shifted from using fabrics inside to more hard surfaces such as glass, steel and brick.
Indoor air quality used to be the top complaint, but has dropped to number three. Bean reminded attendees that occupants aren’t always thinking about energy-efficiency, but if they don’t feel good inside the facility they will remember for a long time.
“Occupants don’t have energy problems, they have comfort problems,” he said.
Uponor Business Development Manager Devin Abellon, P.E., presented on commercial piping systems and stated from his discussion in the industry that “engineers are most concerned with system performance and reliability.”
He added: “Two independent studies showed they expect PEX to last more than 100 years under (the study’s) high-stress conditions.”
On Sept. 12, Don Rasmusson, the senior MEP application engineering with Bloomington, Minnesota-based CTC Design Software Solutions, spoke to attendees on integrated BIM design. He reminded listeners that “BIM is a workflow, not a software.”
Rasmusson also said that engineers should seek out what he calls “high-value BIM tasks.”
“Those are tasks where you’re going to make money or not lose money,” he said.
Stay tuned for more information on the 2018 Uponor Engineering Summit, including podcasts with Bean, Abellon and Rasmusson, as well as a photo gallery.