Awards at 2020 ASHRAE Student Design Competition and Setty Family Foundation Applied Engineering Challenge

Aug 3, 2020

Congratulations to a mechanical engineering student group comprised of Wong Wai-chun, Sum Ka-chung, Lin Wai-keung, Law Yun-tak, Ho Chak-ho for winning a Second Place in the HVAC System Selection Category and Third Place in the HVAC Design Calculations Category at the ASHRAE 2020 Student Design Competition!

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is a well-known international society in the HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning) industry and it hosts the Student Design Competition every year to encourage undergraduate students to become involved in the profession, promotes teamwork and apply the knowledge of practical design in buildings. The competition has three categories: HVAC Design Calculations, HVAC System Selection and Integrated Sustainable Building Design for students with different engineering and architectural backgrounds. 

The 2020 competition adopts a storage and archive centre located in Mumbai, India as the model building. Student teams are required to conduct HVAC design calculations, system selection or even architectural building design, to come up with the most optimum solution for the development. Compliance for ASHARE standards for indoor comfort, ventilation, energy efficiency and building sustainability are required.  Throughout the design process, students applied their skills in HVAC design, use of energy simulation packages[1], techniques in building information modelling, and analysis in life-cycle costing to evaluate different options for comparison and final system selection.  


 Revit model of the Storage and Archive entre

RevitÒ model of the Storage and Archive Centre


 Sun Path and Solar Irradiance Evaluation in Energy Analysis

Sun Path and Solar Irradiance Evaluation in Energy Analysis


Options for HVAC System Selection

Options for HVAC System Selection

Submissions in the form of design reports and videos were screened at the local and regional levels before they were put forwarded at international level for the final assessment.  Winning teams are invited to attend the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago early 2021 for the award presentation.

[1] TraceTM 700 – acknowledgment to Trane Hong Kong