The federal push toward break-even building energy is real, and the clock is ticking. The public sector will be flocking toward forward-thinking designs (and designers) like never before — prepare to rule more of the roost, or lay an egg.
Some thermal storage media are familiar to most
of us, but what about gravel? Or lake water? See how those can work in the
right environments, and tuck this away as a general refresher on thermal
storage concepts and options for use in hospitals, data centers, and elsewhere.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.