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1. (WO1998051978) HIGH-EFFICIENCY AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEM WITH HIGH-VOLUME AIR DISTRIBUTION
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What is claimed is:
1. A method for provided conditioned air to an interior space within a building, comprising the steps of:
obtaining a stream of air from said space;
cooling said stream of air to a temperature that is within about 15 ° F of the temperature of the air in said space, without removing moisture from said stream of air;
supplying the resulting cooled air to said space; and
supplying a separate source of dehumidified air to said space.
2. The method of claim 1, wherein the temperature of said cooled stream of air is within about 10° F of the building space air temperature.
3. The method of claim 1, wherein the relative humidity of the air stream after cooling is not more than about 90%.
4. The method of claim 1, wherein the relative humidity of the air stream after cooling is not more than about 70%.
5. The method of claim 1, wherein the step of supplying cooled air comprises the steps of: blowing said stream of air into a ceiling plenum located between a ceiling of said building and a suspended ceiling below said building ceiling; and
distributing the cooled air to said space through a plurality of vents in said suspended ceiling.
6. The method of claim 1 , wherein the step of supplying cooled air comprises:
blowing the cooled air in a substantially horizontal direction at a low velocity into a separate space above said interior space.

7. The method of claim 1, wherein the step of obtaining a stream of air from the space comprises the step of drawing the stream of air from the room through an elongated flow channel provided adjacent to an exterior surface of said building.
8. The method of claim 1, wherein the step of supplying dehumidified air to the space further comprises the steps of:
a) retrieving a separate portion of said cooled air stream;
b) further cooling the separate portion of the cooled air stream below the dewpoint to remove moisture therefrom; and
c) returning the dehumidified air to the remainder of said cooled air stream.
9. The method of claim 1, wherein the step of supplying dehumidified air to the space further comprises the steps of:
a) drawing in a stream of outside air external to said building;
b) removing moisture from said outside air stream to obtain a stream of dehumidified air; c) supplying the dehumidified air to the space; and
d) exhausting air from the space corresponding to the volume dehumidified air supplied into the space..
10. The method of claim 9, further comprising the step of exchanging thermal energy and moisture between the exhaust air from the space and the incoming outside air stream.
11. The method of claim 9, wherein the step of removing moisture from said outside air stream comprises the step of cooling said outside air stream to a temperature below the outside dewpoint temperature.
12. The method of claim 9, wherein the step of removing moisture from said outside air stream comprises the step of contacting said outside air stream with a dry desiccant material.

13. The method of claim 7 wherein said flow channel comprises a flow path in a perimeter window between an exterior glazing and an interior glazing of said window.
14. An apparatus for distributing conditioned air to an interior space within a building, comprising:
a plenum located between a suspended ceiling and a second ceiling above the suspended ceiling;
a source of conditioned air, coupled to said plenum, that has a temperature that is within the range of about 10° F to 15° F of the air temperature of said space, and that is at a pressure above that of the air in said space; and
a plurality of vents that control air flow through a flow path between the plenum and said space.
15. An apparatus for conditioning the air in a space within a building, comprising:
a source of conditioned air having a temperature that is within the range of about 10° F to 15° F of the air temperature of said space, and having a pressure that is above that of the air in the space;
at least one vent that distributes a low- velocity stream of said conditioned air in a substantially horizontal direction above said space; and
a flow path between said vent and said source of conditioned air.
16. The apparatus of claim 15, further comprising means for dehumidifying the air in said space, separate from said source of conditioned air.

17. An air conditioning system for providing conditioned air to the interior space of a building, comprising:
means for drawing a stream of air from said space and for cooling said stream of air to a temperature above the dew point, such that no moisture is removed from said stream of air, to produce a cooled stream of air;
means for distributing said cooled stream of air to said space; and
means for drawing a stream of outside air external to said building and for dehumidifying said stream of outside air, and for providing the stream of dehumidified outside air to said space.
18. The air conditioning system of claim 17, wherein said stream of air from said space is cooled to a temperature that is within the range of about 10° F to about 15° F of the temperature of the air within said space.
19. The air conditioning system of claim 17, wherein said distributing means comprises a plenum located between a first ceiling of said space and a suspended ceiling below said first ceiling.
20. The air conditioning system of claim 18, further comprising a plurality of vents in said suspending ceiling which introduce said cooled stream of air into said space in a horizontal direction.
21. The system of claim 17, wherein said means for drawing and for dehumidifying further comprises means for drawing a stream of exhaust air from said space.

22. An air conditioning system for providing conditioned air to the interior space of a building, comprising:
means for drawing a stream of air from said space and for cooling said stream of air to a temperature above the dew point, such that no moisture is removed from said stream of air, to produce a cooled stream of air; and
means for distributing said cooled stream of air to said space;
wherein said means for drawing includes a low-velocity fan providing a static pressure on the order of 0.2 inches of water.
23. An air conditioning system for providing conditioned air to the interior space of a building, comprising:
at least one flow channel formed between the interior glazing and the exterior glazing of a perimeter window of said building;
means for drawing a stream of air from said space through said flow channel, and for cooling said stream of air to a predetermined temperature, without removing any moisture from said stream of air; and
means for distributing said cooled stream of air to said space.