Radiant Chilled Ceiling Selection

When selecting a radiant chilled ceiling system for your building, it is important to consider efficiency, cost, and ease of installation. Radiant chilled ceiling systems provide comfort and energy savings through their ability to reduce air temperature and provide direct cooling. With the right selection, you can enjoy superior comfort while saving energy and money. Radiant chilled ceiling systems are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs to fit any budget or application. With their superior performance and easy installation, radiant chilled ceilings are an ideal choice for any project.

There are a number of types of radiant chilled ceilings on the market. Ensuring good thermal conductivity between the cooling element and the other parts of the radiant chilled ceilings is important to ensure maximum performance. The cooling capacity of chilled ceilings is one of the major selection criteria.

Chilled beam and ceiling

The technical data of different manufacturers are comparable only if the cooling capacity measurements are made to the same testing standard, BS EN 14240: 2004 Ventilation for buildings – Chilled ceilings – Testing and rating. Care should be taken to ensure the same flow and return water temperatures are being compared. The difference between the mean water temperature and the internal air temperature must also be comparable.

The main considerations when selecting radiant chilled ceilings are as follows:

1) Calculation of heat loads within the design space:

The selection of an appropriate thermal environment level for your space requires a range of considerations. These include the range of room temperatures in both summer and winter, the calculation of required cooling capacity, the internal and external loads, the shading of facades and the effect of primary ventilation. To offset solar gain, passive chilled beams may be necessary at the perimeter. Additionally, it is important to consider the cooling, humidity and fresh air requirements, which may necessitate a separate system.

  • Selection of thermal environment level.
  • Range of room temperatures in the summer.
  • Range of room temperatures in the winter.
  • Calculation of required cooling capacity.
  • Internal and external loads.
  • Shading of facades (are passive chilled beams needed at the perimeter to offset the solar gain?)
  • Effect of primary ventilation: cooling, humidity and fresh air requirement (separate system).

2) Positioning of radiant chilled ceiling for optimum performance:

Designing for system flexibility is key to ensuring a well-functioning building. To ensure the best outcome, consultation with an architect and building services consultant is necessary to provide the necessary provision for potential space partitioning changes. This allows for the building to be adapted to changing needs and used in the most effective way.

  • Design for system flexibility.
  • Consultation with architect and building services consultant.
  • Provision for potential space partitioning changes.

3) Selection of suitable radiant chilled ceilings:

When planning a chilled ceiling system, it is important to determine the active area, decide whether integrated lighting is suitable, select an inlet water temperature to avoid condensation risk, choose a temperature differential between the room air and mean cooling water temperature, design primary air conditions for both summer and winter, select a flow and return water temperature differential, calculate the maximum water flow rate, maintain turbulent water flow conditions, determine minimum water mass flow rates to sustain turbulent flow, and calculate the system pressure loss. Optimizing these factors will ensure a successful chilled ceiling system.

  • Determining the amount of ‘active’ chilled ceiling area.
  • Integrated lighting or not.
  • Selection of the inlet water temperature (cooling) to avoid the risk of condensation.
  • Selecting a required temperature differential between the room air and mean cooling water temperature.
  • Design primary air conditions in summer and winter.
  • Selection of flow and return water temperature differential.
  • Calculation of maximum water flow rate.
  • Maintaining turbulent water flow conditions.
  • Minimum water mass flow rates to maintain turbulent flow conditions.
  • System pressure loss calculation.

Does the selected radiant chilled ceiling meet all the design criteria?

The answer to this question depends on the specific design criteria that must be met. When it comes to radiant chilled ceilings, there are a number of important considerations. For example, the ceiling must be able to provide a comfortable ambient temperature, be energy-efficient, and have low installation and maintenance costs. Additionally, the ceiling must be able to withstand the test of time and provide durability in harsh environmental conditions, such as extreme temperatures and humidity.

To ensure the radiant chilled ceiling meets these criteria, it is important to select a product that has been specifically designed and tested to meet the requirements of the application.

If not -> go back and consider all parameters.
If yes -> proceed.