ERIC Number: ED225274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Sweet Grass Elementary School: A Study in Energy Conservation. Energy Conservation: School Design.
Edmonton Public Schools (Alberta).; Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning and Research Branch.
The results of building a new school in Edmonton (Alberta) in accordance with energy efficient principles are described in this report, the third and last in a series describing three projects utilizing different approaches to energy conservation. The Sweet Grass Elementary School project consisted in designing, building, and monitoring an energy efficient school. The design had to be consistent with available materials and construction methods reasonably priced. A summary of earlier reports outlines how computer simulations aided in establishing the building's design parameters. The methods of monitoring and problems encountered in making an accurate survey of the energy used are discussed, followed by a lengthy description of the mechanical systems and their operation. Problems encountered in both the mechanical systems and their operation are outlined. A short discussion is given on the reactions of the school occupants. Tables and graphs show the actual meter readings outlining energy consumption, weather, and usage factors, and show the relationship between these factors and the actual energy consumed. The school used less than half the energy used by other schools of similar size in the same locality. Calculations bear out a relatively short payback period, based on present forecasts of energy costs and increases, of under 11 years. (MLF)
Descriptors: Air Flow, Cost Effectiveness, Educational Facilities Design, Electrical Systems, Electronic Control, Elementary Education, Energy Conservation, Facility Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Fuel Consumption, Graphs, Heating, Lighting, Mechanical Equipment, Tables (Data), Thermal Environment
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Edmonton Public Schools (Alberta).; Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Planning and Research Branch.
Note: For a related document, see ED 182 866.