Underfloor Service Distribution: Key for Green Buildings

Tue August 12, 2014 - Northeast Edition
CEG


(L-R) are James Rizzo, Tate Access Floors; Olga Vinogradova; Nancy Czesak, Tishman, an AECOM Company; and Kendra Potasiewicz, Johnson Controls Inc.
(L-R) are James Rizzo, Tate Access Floors; Olga Vinogradova; Nancy Czesak, Tishman, an AECOM Company; and Kendra Potasiewicz, Johnson Controls Inc.

On July 15, Professional Women in Construction (PWC) presented a forum on “Underfloor Service Distribution (UFSD): A Key Strategy for Green Buildings,” the latest installment in PWC’s ongoing Continuing Ed series. It was presented by Tate Access Floors Northeast Regional Manager James Rizzo.

Rizzo explained that today renovations and new construction focus on “green” — they need to demonstrate high performance, sustainability and financial advantages. Under Floor Service Distribution meets these criteria and is now used increasingly in owner occupied commercial office buildings; high rise commercial development projects; schools and higher education; libraries; government buildings; casinos and data centers.

The UFSD or “raised floor strategy” is a method that, simply stated, places all power, voice and cabling under the floor system rather than overhead and then uses open plenum under the raised floor to supply conditioned air to the occupants. This strategy ensures improved IAQ (indoor air quality) due to reduced pollutants and other factors; comfort; flexibility; and increased daylight. These advantages have been proven to increase workforce productivity or student performance and lessen absenteeism. Moreover, the system generally pays for itself within a year or less of installation.

Nancy Czesak, Tishman, an AECOM Company, chairs the PWC continuing ed committee. The continuing ed program offers credits as AIA/CEUs.

The program was held at the General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen, NYC.

For more information, call 212/486-7745 or visit www.pwcusa.org/ny.