This Rhode Island center of higher learning challenged an initial
benchmark and forged a vision of better energy management through an
upgraded campus-wide BAS. A design-bid approach, a five-point
scorecard for grading bids, and a full-time monitor for the new setup
were just three example of how process can drive performance in
educational and commercial settings alike.
UMass Memorial Health Care began planning a demolition/renovation to
fit out 14,000 sq ft of mixed space for a new clinic, the assumption
was that an additional 80 to 120 tons of cooling capacity would
be needed. But in the current economic
climate, the administration had to ask: Is there an effective
alternative solution? From assessing the
infrastructure to the effects of rebalancing the entire chilled water
system, see what went into their final conclusion and plan of action.
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.