HVAC Resources/Use Chart

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    Scott Barber

    The Architect's Studio Companion is the best book for that. I found it to be the most helpful for PPD overall. Architectural Graphic Standards also has some descriptions for this but is a little harder to read through.

    The opening of each chapter of ASC outlines each system for different scenarios, and then goes into pros and cons of each one with accompanying diagrams. An excellent book, not sure if I would have passed PPD without it. 

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    Nick NCARB

    Hi Kathryn,

    I also recommend checking out Mechanical & Electrical Equipment for Buildings. The section on HVAC systems is very thorough and will compliment the information in the Architect's Studio Companion. 

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    David Kaplan

    Can't recommend Architect's Studio Companion enough, I used it as my primary resource to study MEP Systems.  It's also extremely helpful for Daylighting design approaches and Passive Heating/Cooling Design.  This book without question answers the specific question you asked above: where each system is appropriate and why.

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Kathryn -- I completely agree with David and Scott.  Like David, I'm done with all 6 exams -- the Architect's Studio Companion Section 4 has exactly what you are looking for -- study the diagrams.

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