HVAC for Schools: Energy Efficiency on a Budget
The utility bill is typically the second largest expense for a school district, exceeded only by payroll. The building or campus HVAC system presents engineers with a big opportunity for saving their clients money in all climates and conditions. Although the heating and cooling needs of elementary, middle, and high schools differ from each other and from those of colleges and universities, HVAC system designers must consider the following criteria:
• Indoor air quality (IAQ)
• Energy efficiency
• HVAC equipment sound levels
• System complexity
• First cost and lifecycle cost
• Operations and maintenance costs.
Two projects that fit this scenario are Hanover Street Elementary School and Washington Elementary School, Hanover, Pennsylvania. The two projects included HVAC design services with a feasibility study and life cycle cost analysis.