New energy center gets the green light

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 09:11

A new community center in Albany, Ohio, has gotten the green light from the New Albany Architectural Review Board. The Columbus Dispatch reports that officials approved waivers for the New Albany-Plain School to install a green energy education center on the district campus.

This is the county's latest effort to implement the use of energy efficient technology and design in a community project. According to the news source, the district received $50,000 in a grant from the Easton Community Foundation to cover the cost of relocating and reassembling the modular center. In addition, the building will need to be reconnected to area utilities.

The center was built with energy efficiency in mind. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the renewable-energy education center was originally built by Ohio State University students in the College of Engineering and Knowlton School of Architecture. Valued at $300,000, the structure is outfitted with solar panels and is self sustainable due to a radiant heating system and a natural waste-disposal unit.

As energy efficiency becomes a greater concern for government agencies and commercial and residential property owners, the inclusion of green technology in everyday designs will increase. Radiant floor heating is rising in popularity as both commercial and residential property owners look to reducing heating expenses. Alterations to utility options like radiant heating can provide an individual the greater opportunity to increase sustainability efforts and reduce a property's carbon footprint.

In buildings used by a community or large organization, radiant heating offers the ability to keep a space warm and comfortable - despite the numerous times doors may open. The system recovers from heat loss rapidly, which allows the room to fill with warmth, instead of remaining frigid.