The first university cogen plant in the U.S. to
Platinum certification, the OSU Energy Center succeeded via consistently
efficiency-minded design and an exceptional level of analysis and teamwork in
the commissioning process. Fuel flexibility, staff training, and a projected
$650,000 annual savings didn’t hurt, either.
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.