A $23 million library and information center was opened recently by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, complete with green technologies like radiant floor heating and a low emissivity roof, according to The New England Business Bulletin.
The new building is known as the American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons, and will provide an assortment of educational information and exhibits for students.
"This new facility is more than just a library — it is a place that will give cadets the skills they need to follow their dreams and find success in whatever career path they choose, be it on land or sea," Chris Hildreth, the heat of the project for to create the new building, told the bulletin. "It's great to be part of a project that will serve students for years to come."
According to the news source, the building was built with sustainable technology to maximize on energy savings through lower electricity costs.
A radiant heating system can work well with larger buildings, due to the ability of the technology to spread out the heat evenly. The system provides an area with a temperature difference of only two-to-three degrees between the ceiling and the floor.