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VRF System Case Study for Fishburne Military School in Virginia

The Toshiba-Carrier VRF is an ideal HVAC technology to use in facilities that have varying cooling and heating requirements and limited access for ductwork or mechanical room space. Therefore, when the Fishburne Military School in Virginia approached R.S. Boyers 72 degrees Heating and Air Conditioning LLC to upgrade the HVAC system in their barracks, they turned to Carrier Enterprise to provide Toshiba-Carrier VRF systems to exceed their client’s expectations.

The Goal: Upgrade System, Regulate Temperature, and Allow for Off-Site Control

The Fishburne Military School, the oldest military school in Virginia, was in desperate need of an HVAC upgrade. The barracks for its boarding students were built in 1879 and consisted of an antiquated boiler heating system with limited thermal space control and no cooling system. As a result, cadets relied on their barracks’ windows to regulate the temperature of their living space—the need for a modern heating and cooling system was essential!

As old construction methods exist, the barracks have very limited interstitial space, no interior hallways, and are constructed out of brick and concrete. Therefore, installing a ducted or other traditional HVAC system was not a technology option. Coupled with these physical constraints, the Board of Directors required that any installed technology be able to remotely monitor and control total energy usage in the barracks. This presented a unique dilemma for determining the correct HVAC system that could meet the desired requirements.

The Solution: A Ductless VRF System

Given the challenges presented, the team at R.S. Boyers 72 degrees Heating and Air Conditioning immediately knew that finding the correct system for such a building required a look beyond “traditional” HVAC technologies. They knew of the power of VRF systems and realized that Toshiba-Carrier VRF was exactly what the Fishburne Military School was looking for:

  • The equipment fit the minimal, available space.
  • It provided extremely energy-efficient heating and cooling.
  • It allowed for simultaneous heating and cooling for cadets with different comfort requirements.
  • It provided the Board of Directors one central location to maintain control of the energy usage in the barracks.

Anticipated Results

The implementation of the Toshiba-Carrier VRF systems will be completed by the end of August, with the West barrack receiving the upgrade in June, the South barrack in July, and the East barrack in August. When all is said and done, each barrack will be equipped with an 18-ton Toshiba Carrier VRF system, for a total of 84-tons. There will be 73 total high wall units, and no local, wall-mounted controllers. Instead, there will be a touch screen controller for the Board of Directors to access and provide supervised control.

Once the VRF project is fully installed, the cadets at the Fishburne Military School will experience a dramatic improvement in their comfort level, and the Board of Directors will appreciate a drastically reduced energy bill. The Fishburne Military School may have waited a long time to upgrade their HVAC system, but once the Toshiba-Carrier VRF systems are up and running, it’s safe to say they will acknowledge the fact that the wait was definitely worth it.