PortaFab modular buildings can accommodate a wide variety of systems to control temperature, humidity, and air quality. Small, inplant offices and booths are often outfitted with wall-mounted units while larger installations typically integrate with centralized HVAC systems.
Air Conditioning & HVAC Systems
Standard air conditioning options include complete HVAC systems or air conditioning only systems. Framed cutouts are available for those who want to install their own systems.
To help you estimate the properly sized unit, refer to the following chart that is based on a room with normal insulation and two person occupancy.
Example: 20’ x 40’ office = 800 square feet
5 people will occupy the office
Using the chart, 18,000 btu/h are recommended + 500 btu/h for each person over two
Total needed for 800 square foot office with 5 people:
18,000 + 1,500 = 19,500 btu/h
Although HVAC units are available in the above mentioned sizes, it is better to supply two units half the size located at either end of the building to provide more even distribution.
Baseboard heaters provide a cost effective alternative for some modular offices.
The most common way to heat a modular office is to include a combination heater/AC unit. Baseboard heaters, however, can also be used. To specify your heating requirements, you can estimate that you will need 7 watts of electric heat per square foot of floor space for a unit with an 8’ ceiling height. The number of watts calculated x 3.4 = total btu’s.
16’ x 16’ office = 256 square feet
256 s/f x 7 watts = 1,792 watts
1,792 watts x 3.4 = 6,092 btu/h
Standard exhaust fan.
The amount of ventilation required in an office or building is based on the application of the room as well as the number of expected occupants. For example, a smoking enclosure would require more ventilation than a regular office. The design requirements will either be listed as:
Cubic Foot Requirements – A fractional formula based on .15 cubic foot requirements.
12’ x 12’ x 8’ ceiling = 1,152 cubic feet
1,152 c/f x .15 = 173 CFM’s
Air Changes Per Hour
Sizing by Occupants
A restaurant occupies an average of 50 people. (use the ASHRAE recommended minimum of 35 CFM per person.) 50 people x 35 CFM per person = 1,750 CFM
1,750 CFM/1,000 CFM = 1.75 (1 or 2 units)
Due to the fact that climactic conditions vary so much upon regions and location of the building, it is very difficult to estimate the ideal btu’s needed for each application. Certain conditions, however, will assist in your calculations:
- Very sunny area with maximum glass for visibility – 1 ton per 150 s/f
- Heavily shaded area – reduce capacity 10%
- Active traffic through door or constantly opening a sliding window – 1 ton per 75-100 s/f