Dr Anthea Airey, Airey Taylor Consulting
Plant rooms containing cooling towers can be open to the elements or enclosed for soundproofing and house other items such as generators and electrical cabinetry. These are often accommodated on a suspended slab at roof or podium level above facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms. This configuration enables shared ducting for plumbing and electricity, and facilitates ducting of cooled air back through the building. The plant room is often centrally located near the lift core.