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All posts tagged 'Schools'

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School Districts Strive for Efficiency, Occupant Comfort

Ari Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration, Aug. 3, 2015, by Jen Anesi.

"It’s no secret that many school districts across the country lack funding for buildings repairs and desperately need to upgrade their facilities. While some administrators put off HVAC projects for as long as they can, choosing to repair instead of replace antiquated equipment, others are looking for ways to save energy and money in the long run while operating as green and sustainably as possible. The following case studies illustrate how schools across the country are implementing different HVACR solutions to achieve these goals."

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Schools Save Energy with CHP

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News, Aug. 3, 2015, by Jen Anesi.

"With elementary and secondary schools tightening their purse strings, and with post-secondary institutions seeing a drop in enrollment numbers over the past couple years, schools across the nation are looking for ways to cut costs. Increasingly, they are turning to cogeneration as a way to save money while also being more environmentally friendly. And, while cogeneration is still largely an industrial process, the market has significant potential for educational institutions coast to coast."

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Sandy Grove Middle School [NC]: Mitigating Cost with Net-Zero Design

Net Zero Buildings, May 2015, by Barbara Horwitz-Bennett. [Scroll to page 8.)

"The public and private sector team up to deliver an energy-positive school with a finely tuned energy profile, resulting in projected savings of $16M over 40 years."

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VRF with Heat Recovery Ventilation In Pre K-12 Schools

Engineered Systems, May 2015, by Robert G. Thompson.

"As the learning curve for VRF continues, it’s only fitting to see how it can fare in a familiar learning environment. Turns out it can play a key role in the critical lesson of adapting to existing spaces and occupancy needs when crafting the optimum retrofit design for a given client."

High School LEEDership

Engineered Systems, May 2015, by Jeffrey Seewald and Corinne Wichser.

"Spurred by student initiative, this Minnesota magnet school has become the host for a unique collaboration focused on auditing and improving its mechanical and environmental performance. See how the partnership has gotten off to a solid start in conducting what is far from your average extra credit assignment."

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2015 ASHRAE Technology Award: Net Zero Ready School

ASHRAE Journal, May 2015, by Brian Haugk and Brian Cannon.

"Valley View Middle School in Snohomish, Wash., is a new three-story, 168,000 ft2 (15 600 m2) facility that replaced a much smaller and outdated building. Mirroring the district’s commitment to resource conservation, the design team used the Living Building Challenge as a guide for defining its sustainable approach."

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USDA Grant Supports Installation of Pellet Boiler in N.H. school

Biomass Magazine, April 27, 2015, by Rep. Annie Kuster's Office [NH].

"Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., recently announced two grants from the USDA’s Rural Development program that will support projects in two New Hampshire communities.  The Bethlehem School District has received a $30,000 grant that will be used to replace an oil-fired hot water boiler heating system at Bethlehem Elementary School with wood pellet boilers, and the town of Stratford has received a $15,000 grant to improve its town garage, which houses all town vehicles."

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Selecting a Boiler for Heating, Process Loads

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Apr. 2015, by Bradley A. Pankow.

"Boilers for heating and domestic hot water systems are used in many nonresidential buildings and across educational, hospital, and industrial campuses. This article reviews the codes and standards that regulate boiler system specification and design, plus energy efficiency and efficacy of these boiler systems."

Daylighting and Flooring: Don’t Overlook the Issue of Reflectivity

Armstrong Flooring, Jan. 2015, by Mike Kennedy. [May need to complete free registration to download full report.]

"A key strategy in creating environmentally friendly, energy-efficient education spaces is capturing abundant daylight and reducing the reliance on artificial light. Efforts to maximize daylighting in school facilities have taken many forms as techniques have grown more sophisticated.... For architects and administrators who have reaped the benefits of many of these strategies and are seeking even more daylighting dividends, one characteristic to consider that some may be overlooking is the reflectivity of the flooring material selected for a space."

What Owners Need to Know About ... School Fall/Winter HVAC Maintenance

Heating/Piping/Air Conditioning, Sept. 2014, by James G. MacMillan. [Free registration required to view full-text.]

"In this installment, we take a look at HVAC preventive maintenance performed by K-12 schools during fall and winter."

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