When the school year kicks off each year in late summer, it’s not unusual for temperatures in many parts of the country to soar into the 90s, which can make it difficult for students to concentrate and be productive.
This month’s Facility File will focus on the B2B April test for an HVAC application within a high school facility, with the existing field house HVAC system being retrofitted to serve as an emergency shelter building with its associated locker rooms and toilet facilities.
The town of Portsmouth, RI, had four schools (two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school) with outdated, inefficient gas-fired hot water boilers that were becoming expensive to maintain and operate.
A Tennessee district faced an old school HVAC challenge: aging ventilators and space constraints. So this team tried a new-school variation on common VRF retrofits to deliver improved efficiency and critical IAQ: they decentralized the outdoor air, combining enthalpy wheel and VRF components within a single classroom enclosure.
The high-profile equipment involves an efficient, resilient trigeneration plant to provide heating, cooling, and power service. However, UConn’s most critical asset may be its forward-thinking, campus-wide energy strategy. Read more stories in June Issue 2017.