The hidden (and enormous) potential for savings in the air you now breathe.
- Nov 27, 2019 2:05 pm GMT
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When you consider the impact air conditioning and refrigeration have on energy usage and costs (currently accounting for around 40 percent of a building’s energy use) the potential to reduce building HVAC energy use by up to 30 percent would be enough to make even the most overstretched building facilities manager sit up and listen.
Today’s energy intensive approach to HVAC
Air conditioning is well known as an energy guzzler, and the numbers prove this point: It is responsible for consuming 10 percent of the world’s electricity generation. Based on current emissions associated with electricity generation, air conditioning alone produces 1.3 billion tonnes CO2 annually, or roughly 4 percent of global emissions. By 2050, the IEA predicts over 35,000GW of installed capacity and a doubling of global air conditioning demand in the commercial sector.
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