A peek at the future of HVAC, refrigeration (video)

As manufactures push to develop more efficient and sustainable products, building science is helping guide many of the minds behind their evolution. Building science experts like Max Sherman, a former board member of ASHRAE and head of the group’s new residential committee, say it’s imperative that companies introducing solutions for the commercial and residential markets do so with a holistic approach.

By taking into account how their products fit in with everything else in the interior environment, they help improve the building’s efficiency and sustainability -- and ultimately the comfort of its occupants.

Sherman, currently senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, spoke at AHR 2016 about the value of such events and the way ahead for companies in the heating, cooling and refrigeration industries looking to improve products already on the market and devising new strategies that will further revolutionize the field in the future.

In this video conversation, he talks with Steve Arel, editorial director for ProudGreenBuilding.com, about the future of the heating, ventilation and cooling and refrigeration industries.

Sherman has focused his work the last 35-plus years on helping builders build better – no matter the structures they are building – through building physics. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Berkeley and is an international expert in air leakage, HVAC, indoor air quality, infiltration, moisture, energy efficiency and related topics.

He is a well-regarded member of ASHRAE, having served on the board of directors and many technical positions. Sherman is a recipient of ASHRAE’s Exceptional Service Award and ASHRAE’s highest technical award as a Holladay Distinguished Fellow. He has also been elected a fellow of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). He represents the United States on International Energy Agency tasks such as the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Center and serves on national and international committees, editorial boards and performs outside consulting.

Some might know Sherman for one of his late-1990s research initiatives. Sherman was the focus of attention then when his lab’s research found that duct tape actually wasn’t a viable solution for sealing air ducts. That finding led the state of California to ban the tape for such uses.

Sherman quickly became the focus of intense scrutiny by the manufacturer. To learn more about Sherman’s duct tape research and its aftermath, click here


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