Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems


In an effort to operate buildings in the most energy efficient manner, we are designing building envelopes to be as airtight as possible with as little outside air as allowable. In this presentation the following issues are addressed: significance of IAQ to human health and productivity, the link between IAQ and building energy demands, and efficient technologies for optimizing IAQ.

Learning Objective 1: 
Participants will be able to define current Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems components.
Learning Objective 2: 
Participants will understand potential energy efficiency and health implications of Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems.
Learning Objective 3: 
Participants will be able to understand the current limitations of variable air volume (VAV) systems and the impact on ventilation rates and indoor air quality.
Learning Objective 4: 
Participants will be able to identify Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems equipment choices and how they fit in with the psychrometric chart.
Learning Units: 
1 LU | HSW
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Damon Woods
Director - Assistant Professor
Dr. Woods is a licensed mechanical engineer who started working at the IDL as a graduate student back in 2013. His dissertation used energy models paired with weather forecasts to predict how a radiant slab should be managed to maximize occupant comfort. His current research focus is on the integration of surface temperatures into building energy management systems. Dr. Woods has taught courses in advanced thermodynamics and energy modeling. In the office, he spends his time working on energy models and estimating savings from energy upgrades; out of the office he is usually fly fishing or gardening. Dr. Woods earned his B.S. from Montana State University, his M.S. from Boise State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho.