DOE Study on Energy Efficient School Building Design
Provider: Ohio Masonry Association
Discipline: Masonry Products
Significant effort has been focused on the sustainable and energy efficient design of school buildings over the past few years. This effort has culminated in a number of design guidelines such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Schools-New Construction and Major Renovations, and the Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools Design Guidelines. However, there appears to be a reluctance to embrace these “Green” or “Energy Efficient” designs, partially due to the perception that these designs will cost a lot more than traditional systems.
A study funded by the Kentucky Renewable Energy Consortium is focusing on evaluating a variety of building systems that are typically used, or can be used in school designs. These include various envelope systems, day-lighting, and heating and cooling system configurations, etc.. For each system, a sample design will be developed and used get energy use and costs. This data is being used to develop a relationship between each of the systems described above, their life cycle costs and the effect each has on energy use. Optimization is being performed in an effort to minimize lifecycle costs with as little reduction in energy efficiency as possible.
Mark’s presentation will provide an update on the project status and give an overview of the results to date.
For more information please visit www.ohiomasonry.org or contact Ohio Masonry Association at 800-443-6779.
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