ETSU Buc Ridge Apartment Complex Phase 4
S. B. White Company was selected to install the plumbing and mechanical work for the new Buc Ridge Apartment Complex at East Tennessee State University. It is a four story residential type apartment building with 72 individual units an a total of approximately 64,000 square feet. We installed a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) type HVAC system manufactured by Daikin. There is a separate wall mounted indoor unit in each bedroom and living room in each apartment that is connected with refrigerant piping to the branch selector boxes (one per apartment). Each of these branch selector boxes is connected with similar refrigerant piping to a single condensing unit for that zone (approximately 8 to 12 apartments). This allows for heat transfer between apartments so that if one apartment on the sunny side of the building needs cooling but another apartment on the shady side of the building needs heat, then this refrigerant piping system can transfer heat from the warm apartment to the cooler apartment without running the condensing unit. This type system offers great individual zone comfort control as well as quite a savings in overall energy usage. We worked for Hardaway Construction Corporation out of Nashville, TN.