Refreshing Refrigerants

4:00 pm, Room 210 - Action and Advocacy

David Mead, PAE Engineers

What are refrigerants’ true impact on the natural environment? A central component in current HVAC system design, refrigerants can be used as energy-saving tools. However, if released into the environment, many refrigerants have thousands of times the impact as CO2 and contribute directly to global warming. The presentation will draw from research done with Paul Hawkins’ Project Drawdown on the top solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions where refrigerant management came in as the number one solution. In this presentation, we explore what refrigerants are, as well as their quantifiable impact on climate change. We delve into natural alternatives and present successful case studies that have achieved thermal comfort with minimal to no refrigerants.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to understand what refrigerants are and what impacts they have on the environment.

  • Participants will be familiar with how refrigerants have typically been used and what quantities are present in different HVAC systems.

  • Participants will be able to understand how to quantify the impacts of refrigerants on global warming.

  • Participants will be able to identify natural refrigerant alternates for projects.

With over 15 years of experience as an architect and high performance building consultant, David works to integrate engineering and architectural solutions into unified, ecologically-inspired designs for a variety of projects. He utilizes his unique holistic knowledge of the built environment to provide technical consulting services that assist in the design and implementation of highly sustainable solutions. A committed advocate for net-positive buildings, David is passionate about advancing building performance to create a carbon neutral future.