different ways of cooling



Office space is becoming more expensive and has to be utilised more intensively. Allied with this, the number of computers in office buildings is increasing. The increased heat output from both people and computers is a major reason why the installation and use of air conditioning is becoming more and more common practice in office buildings. In a typical office, air conditioning can account for over 30% of annual electricity consumption, according to the Carbon Trust. Of course, all this comes at a price - in more ways than one: the use of electricity from conventional power stations means non-renewable resources are used and CO2 is released.

There are many ways of reducing the energy used for air conditioning in buildings. Some of these (such as the effects of passive solar heating) have to be considered carefully during the design of buildings. Others (such as turning air conditioning off when not needed, or accepting slightly higher temperatures) are in the hands of the users and building managers. The remainder are technical solutions; many of these can be put into practice during new-build or refurbishment.

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