Last phase of construction project focused on
increasing energy efficiency
August 17, 2012
The final phase of the district’s construction project is focused
primarily on initiatives to improve energy efficiency. “The projects are
similar to those that you’d tackle in your home if you were looking to
lower energy costs—namely, lighting upgrades, window replacements and
some heating and ventilation work,” said Superintendent of Buildings and
Grounds Peter Riggi.
In the district, the energy-efficiency projects include:
Replacing T-12 fluorescent light fixtures with T-8 fixtures throughout classrooms and hallways in the Elementary, Middle and High Schools. Both High School gymasiums will have the metal halides light fixtures replaced with high- efficient T-5 fixtures; this switch is also taking place in the original Elementary School gymnasium. All parking lot light lights are being replaced with LED fixtures (they are currently metal halide fixtures, also resulting in significant energy savings.
Replacing original single-pane windows in the Elementary School with UV-rated thermal pane windows.Selected older windows in the High School (primarily those installed in 1955 and 1991) are also being replaced.
The front façade of the High School is getting insulated panels, which add a significant “R” value to the exterior walls and will make the areas weather-tight, along with the new windows.
The High School gymnasium heating and ventilating unit has been rebuilt and two large motors have been replaced with new energy-efficient motors.
heat has been installed in the Student Services Center and the main
office at the High School.
When everything is completed the district will realize a significant annual energy savings.