Regulatory, competitive, and environmental
pressures are pushing data centers away from the traditional power sources.
Here, the author surveys the landscape and reviews one comparative study
involving CCP cogeneration and conventional electricity sources. Reducing the
carbon footprint and lessening reliance on a sometimes unreliable grid are just
two reasons to look into CCP.
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.