The entire energy industry is in flux. Gasoline prices have almost tripled, natural gas prices are spiking, and electricity prices are escalating. All of these historically stable energy products were once part of a very simple and easy to manage budget process. Today, they have become a triple threat to business profitability.
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.