A new office building housing some 200 employees of KPMG, the global audit, tax, and advisory services fi rm, is up and running on
the island of Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles, and it's being kept cool by an innovative HVAC system.
In planning the new building, KPMG approached local engineering and installation firm, Omni B.V., to design an HVAC system that would save energy, include an advanced locally supportable BMS, operate quietly (noise levels from mechanical rooms and air distribution systems under 29 dBA), meet precise indoor comfort conditions (71.5°F and +50% rh, and CO2
below 900 ppm), provide individual space controls through the BMS (no
thermostats), and be green.
The most critical requirement - and the most challenging, according
to Omni B.V.'s engineering director, Henk Soeterboek, was consuming as
little energy as possible, since Curaçao has one of the highest energy costs
per kW in the world ($0.33 per kW).