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New Maine school to feature radiant heating system

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:13

A new school that has been built in Falmouth, Maine, will let teachers and students experience all of the comforts of having one school building for the entire district, according to the Falmouth Forecaster.

The $37.7 million Falmouth Elementary School will open on Sept. 6, in time for the first classes of the year, and will be a modern school building that features the latest advancements in technology, reported the news source.

Financing for the school came from the state - 84 percent - and a small portion of the money was raised by residents of the town. Superintendent of the school system Barbara Powers noted that the consolidation of all of the schools will help teachers and administrators, according to the Forecaster.

"We're still looking to see what one-campus opportunities develop," said Powers.

The school will feature solar panels that will heat the water for the radiant heating system that was installed throughout the building, helping children stay warm during the cold Maine winters, reported the news source.

Radiant heating systems can provide a significant level of comfort in houses as well as school buildings, as the technology delivers a uniform heat that allows for only two to three degrees of difference between the ceiling and floor, as opposed to the more than 10 degrees difference that one would experience with a traditional forced air system.