A quiet dormitory (in terms of building noise – and not noisy room mates) is vitally important to academic performance. It allows college students to focus better on their studies and sleep better. hvac engineers use turning vanes in ductwork to keep things quiet, more energy efficient

A the annoying sounds from rattling HVAC units is not conducive to cramming for all-nighters before an exam.

It’s why we’re committed to producing high-quality, high-performance turning vanes with structural integrity for educational applications, including colleges and universities, k-12 schools and other educational facilities; dorms, student centers and performance centers.

Turning Vanes in Ductwork to help keep Mercy College dorms quiet…

As part of a master HVAC plan, Mercy College Residence Hall in Dobbs Ferry, New York will utilize acoustical turning vanes in their HVAC ducts to reduce noise and increase operational efficiency for the private college.

Mechanical engineering firm CJL will influence the design of the $30 million, 350-bed dormitory. Construction began in September 2014.

Aero-Dyne turning vanes are proven to reduce noise within the HVAC systems. To better understand the quality construction of our turning vanes, click here to get your Free Sample.

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Energy efficient turning vanes help contribute to the USGBC LEED rating system.

LEED for Schools – Achieve a maximum background noise level from heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in classrooms and other core learning spaces of 45 dBA (40 dBA if attempting IEQ Credit 9). Recommended methodologies and best practices for mechanical system noise control are described in Annex B of ANSI Standard S12.60-2002 and the 2007 HVAC Applications ASHRAE Handbook, Chapter 47 on Sound and Vibration Control.

How H-E-P Turning Vanes can help improve acoustical performance and room noise compliance

Laboratory test data (Report no. 48037 dated 9/5/87) proves H-E-P Turning Vanes and Rail have reduced sound power levels as compared to symmetrical vanes, single thickness vanes, and vanes with different center spacing. Lower sound power levels will result in lower sound pressure levels (dBA) for comparable installations.

Having lower sound pressure levels can help achieve the following LEED credits:

  • LEED for Schools v9 IEQ Pre-Requisite 3 – Minimum Acoustical Performance
  • LEED for Schools v9 IEQ Credit 9 – Enhanced Acoustical Performance
  • LEED for Healthcare IEQ Credit 2 – Acoustical Environment