E06 - Urban Schools & Climate Change - Pragmatic Energy Savings

Thursday, November 21 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | B305 « Back

Abstract Text:

Urban sites often pose challenges for energy efficient school design. In this session, representatives from the New York City School Construction Authority, FXCollaborative and Steven Winter Associates discuss lessons learned from a project to drastically reduce energy consumption in urban schools. A recent study for a project in NYC will be used to illuminate how schools on any urban site can achieve impressive energy use reductions. Specific urban issues will be addressed including those related to multi-story schools on tight sites with nearby neighboring buildings.

The session will describe a study that analyzes a current SCA standard school design and proposes modifications to achieve the new target. The team will compare results from ASHRAE and Passive House energy modeling, and how to leverage the strengths of both methods to determine the best combination of envelope and equipment strategies. The presentation will look at the process required to optimize the envelope of a building when balancing high internal loads, high ventilation rates, and the primary energy impacts of different heating and cooling systems. Equally as important, the presentation discusses feasibility of these modeled efficiencies considering cost, constructability and maintenance. The results of this study provide insight into how drastic energy reduction can be achieved for urban schools in New York and many other American cities. This session is sponsored by ICC

Learning Objectives:

Understand the challenges of designing urban schools to high levels of energy efficiency.

Describe pragmatic high performance details for brick cavity wall construction.

Identify how Passive House modeling for enclosures can supplement ASHRAE energy modeling.

Discern the relationship between envelope efficiency, equipment efficiency, and their effects on source energy.

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Education Tracks: Building Performance

Event Type: Conference Session > Session