Green Building

West Virginia energy project nears completion

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 09:44

The Parkersburg, West Virgina energy-savings project at several local buildings is nearing completion, as the structures have been outfitted with green technology like radiant heating systems and LED lighting, according to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

Construction for the project was broken into three phases, with the contractors focusing on mechanical, electrical and general trade installation, reported the news source.

"It was estimated you could see a savings of about $58,000 overall," Keri Dunn, a contractor for the project, told the News and Sentinel. "To have many of these projects done now in the fall, it should start paying off more quickly."

A radiant heater was installed in the maintenance department and the main floor of one of the buildings, along with centralized controls so that the staff can easily adjust the temperature within the structure, according to the news source.

Radiant heating systems can provide a more evenly distributed warmth than a conventional heating system, as the technology allows only a two-to-three degree temperature difference between the floor and ceiling, as opposed to the more than 10 that other systems allow.