Free Cooling Fundamentals for Data Centers

Data CentersAIA BOC BOMI

Course approved for AIA, BOC and BOMI ceu credits.

Increasing your data center’s efficiency could be as easy as letting in some fresh air. Free cooling provided by an economizer system can supplement your current practices by reducing the amount of work shouldered by CRAC units and other equipment, but not every climate is a good candidate. Could your facility be a good fit?

Course Tuition: Free

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn differences between air, water and refrigerant based free cooling systems
  • Understand how outdoor air ventilation systems work, as well as water and refrigerant based systems
  • See how free cooling based systems can lower the cooling-related energy demand in data centers
  • Learn how climate affects the viability of free cooling strategies
  • Understand control solutions associated with free cooling systems
  • Explore whether your facility is a good candidate for free cooling systems

From our sponsor:

Karl Recktenwald, PE

Associate, Senior Mechanical Project Engineer
Bala Consulting Engineers

Karl has extensive experience in mechanical engineering designs for a variety of projects. He has designed complex HVAC retro-fit systems for existing facilities, as well as ground-up mechanical systems for new buildings. Karl’s project experience includes data centers, trading floors, network operations centers, technology/experience spaces, offices and high-rise buildings. Using his knowledge and understanding of engineering systems and design objectives, Karl works with clients and project team members to deliver energy efficient and cost effective designs.

Scott Davis, PE, MBA, LEED AP

Vice President, Mechanical Department Director
Bala Consulting Engineers

Scott has over 30 years of experience in mechanical engineering for the life science and mission critical market; including Data Centers, NOC and emergency call centers. He has managed and supervised the engineering and design of these facilities, including programming, project scheduling, estimating and construction administration. He oversees the mechanical engineering departments in all of Bala's offices. His broad expertise in laboratory, mission critical and manufacturing spaces is a key factor for Bala's growth. Scott graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, and returned to receive his MBA from Drexel as well. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and an accomplished presenter.