Since mid-1980’s, the chilled beams emerged on the HVAC market. Developed out of the desire to create increasingly efficient water-based cooling from the ceiling, the engineers have successively developed generations of first radiant ceiling panels, then coils using natural convection (passive chilled beams), followed by coils using forced convection (active chilled beams), and most recently forced convection with maximum coil utilization and air mixing (comfort module). Traditional active chilled beams and modern comfort modules all maximize the efficiency of air and water generation and distribution. De-coupling latent cooling from these ceiling-based devices also allows the realization of other benefits.
This upcoming series by Mike Woolsey consolidates relevant information on the topic of condensation prevention in chilled beam systems.