The Relative Energy Efficiencies of Active Chilled Beams and Fan Coil Unit Systems

Mick Holland, MASHRAE, Technical Director, Ability Projects Ltd

This paper describes the applications of Active Chilled Beams (ACB) and Fan Coil Units (FCU) in HVAC systems in the UK, with discussions of their typical design and operational parameters. By using dynamic simulation software, energy performance of systems using ACB and FCU are analyzed in detail. In particular, it looks at the benefits of using elevated water supply temperatures and free cooling opportunities with both systems.

Mick Holland

  • Date: Tuesday, 29th November, 2016
  • Time: 18:30 - 20:00
  • Venue: Loughborough University
  • Address: School of Civil & Building Engineering, Room RT040, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
  • Booking: Free


Mick is Technical Director for Ability Projects Limited based in Poole, Dorset. He has 28 years' experience working in the HVAC industry for various companies involved in the manufacture and design of HVAC systems, including 20 years working in and running a Laboratory dedicated to developing, testing and evaluating all manner of HVAC systems to provide comfortable air conditioning. He is an expert on Fan Coil Units, Variable Air Volume, Constant Air Volume, Chilled Beams, Chilled Ceilings, Displacement Flow, Mixed Flow, Under floor, Air, CO2 and Water Systems.

Mick is an active Member of ASHRAE, involved with writing Handbook on Methods of Tests for Chilled Beams. He is the Founding Chairman of the committee that re-wrote the chilled beam guide and has attended a number of ASHRAE conferences. He is also a member of FETA (UK) and active member of the Fan Coil Group. He has been a presenter of CPD courses and training for the last 15 years.