ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.7 - Educational Facility Air Conditioning Applications
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Handbook Chapter and Title
2011 ASHRAE HVAC Applications, Chapter 7--Educational Facilities
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ATLANTA—Inefficient lighting, uncontrolled plug loads and poorly
insulated roofs are just few of the factors that can contribute to a failing
grade in energy consumption for K-12 school buildings.
Fortunately, guidance is available to help design teams constructing K-12
school buildings cut annual energy use by 50 percent or more using
To help ensure schools receive an A+ in energy efficiency; owners,
engineers, designers, architects and others on the building team are
encouraged to download the free Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School
Buildings: Achieving 50% Energy Savings Toward a Net Zero Energy Building.
The guide is the second to be released in a series which provides
recommendations to achieve 50 percent energy savings when compared with the
minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, Energy
Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.
Advanced Energy Design Guides, or AEDGs, allow owners, contractors,
consulting engineers, architects and designers to easily achieve advanced
levels of energy savings without detailed energy modeling or analyses.
Written in partnership with ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects,
the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the U.S. Green
Building Council and the U.S. Department of Energy, the guides are available
for free in electronic form at www.ashrae.org/freeaedg.
“Significant research demonstrates that the quality of the physical
environment affects student performance,” Shanti Pless, chair of the
steering committee, said. “An environment that includes appropriate
lighting, sound, temperature, humidity, cleanliness, color and air quality
can help students learn better. In many cases, improving these attributes
can also reduce energy use."
The new guide features easy-to-follow recommendations for various climate
zones and how to implement tips via a series of real-life school
construction case studies. Also included is information on integrated
design, including best practices, as a necessary component in achieving 50%
energy, and the inclusion of a performance path; specifically, offering
guidance for early stage energy modeling and annual energy use targets to
help with goal setting.
Additional design tips include:
High performance building envelope that is better than Standard
Different ways to daylight 100 percent of the floor area of classrooms,
resource rooms, cafeterias, gymnasiums and multipurpose rooms for two
thirds of school hours.
Methods to achieve space-by-space interior lighting power densities that
are, on average, 40 percent better than Standard 90.1-2004.
Ways to reduced exterior (fašade, walkway, parking lot and drive)
lighting energy consumption.
Recommendations for computers, vending machines, kitchen cooking
equipment, walk-in refrigeration equipment, kitchen exhaust hoods and
service water heating.
Three different HVAC system types that achieve significant energy
savings over a typical system.
Recommendations for commissioning and measurement and verification to
ensure that energy savings potentials are realized.
The AEDG also addresses the notion that energy efficient buildings are more
expensive.“Owners should not expect energy-efficient schools to cost more;
they can cost more, but they shouldn’t have to. The tips, guidelines and
tables included in the newest AEDG for K-12 schools can set building owners
on their way to more energy efficient, productive schools in a cost
efficient manner,” Pless said.
The 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide series follows an earlier six-book
series that provided guidance to achieve 30 percent savings. The ultimate
goal is to provide guidance to achieve net zero energy buildings; that is,
buildings that, on an annual basis, produce more energy than they consume.
ASHRAE, AIA, IES, DOE and USGBC are currently developing the third guide in
the 50 percent series, which will focus on medium/big box retail.
Publication is targeted for winter of 2012, followed by large hospitals in
the spring of that year.
Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving 50% Energy
Savings Toward a Net Zero Energy Building is available as a free download at www.ashrae.org/freeaedg.
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conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable
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