Materials & Technology

California dining hall to benefit from green technology, radiant heating

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 17:15

A new dining center for the California Maritime Academy is going to include green and energy efficient technologies that help the building lower operating costs while also increasing the comfort of students that attend the school.
According to AZO Building, the 24,000-square-foot facility will accommodate a larger number of cadets, and the technology included in the building will allow it to have a lower operating cost than the previous, smaller structure.
The new structure will be constructed in a manner that has sustainability as its primary focus. The equipment-intensive atmosphere creates a number of high energy demands, all of which builders are hoping to meet with energy efficient technology like radiant heating.
According to the news outlet, the efficient radiant heating system that will be installed is supposed to increase the efficiency of the building while also eliminating the annoying hum and unhealthy air that is associated with more conventional heating products.
The floors are also designed with energy efficient material, and the builders also plan to install natural ventilation, and shading to minimize heat effects from the south-facing glass, while also maintaining a view of the Carquinez Strait. The water-extraction system for food waste will bring down volume by roughly 80 percent, according to AZO Building.
Radiant heating systems also help a building maintain a more even heat throughout large rooms, something that helps large structures limit waste and energy costs. The level of comfort is also increased, as the temperature difference between the floor and ceiling is minimized.
This combination of sustainability and comfort is why many organizations are asking to have radiant heating installed, as the long-term benefits outweigh the upfront cost.