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.
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.