A mechanical plant consists of different components such as chillers, boilers, pumps, and cooling towers that are connected to air systems and provide chilled and hot water to those components.

They are often the largest single piece of equipment on a project along with one of the highest cost items of the mechanical package. Finally, they have a large impact on energy consumption over the life of a building. Given their importance in size, cost, and energy sizing Mechanical Plants correctly is of critical importance to sustainable building design.

This article includes a brief overview of the mechanical plant results for each component.

Electric Chiller Cooling Plant

Various information is included in mechanical plant results for chiller plant. This includes plant information such as fluid type, pumping strategy, and minimum & maximum fluid temperature. Chiller specifications such as chiller type, peak capacity, and chilled water flow rate can be reviewed. Chiller plant results also include pumping information for both primary and secondary pumps serving the plant, such as pump type, pump peak power, and fluid flow rate.

Cooling Tower Condenser Plant

This section includes information about the plant type, fluid type, pump strategy, and minimum & maximum fluid temperature. The cooling tower specifications such as the cooling tower type, nominal capacity, fluid flow rate, air flow rate, and plant check can be reviewed. Also, the pumping information such as type, peak power, and fluid flow rate is included.

Hot Water Boiler Heating Plant

Boiler plant includes electric or gas-powered boiler and pumps to serve the plant. The result page includes plant details such as fluid type, pumping strategy, and minimum & maximum fluid temperature. Boiler specifications such as fuel type, peak capacity, and hot water flow rate are provided under the boiler section. Boiler plant results also include pumping information for both primary and secondary pumps serving the plant, such as pump type, pump peak power, and fluid flow rate.

District Cooling Plant

District cooling plant results include plant details such as fluid type, pumping strategy, and fluid temperature minimum and maximum value. District cooling peak capacity and primary pump information are also included.

District Heat Plant

District heating plant results include plant details such as fluid type, pumping strategy, and fluid temperature minimum and maximum value. District heating peak capacity and primary pump information such as pump type, peak power and fluid flow rate are also included.

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