The timing was perfect. First morning, first keynote, Dr. Jim Freihaut of the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings, has been talking to our High-Performance Buildings conference about the great work going on at the renewed Philadelphia Navy Yard. But now he’s also lamenting the state of facility O&M staff.
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.