Radiant in Commercial

School goes green with radiant floor heating

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 22:21

The John R. Briggs Elementary School in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, is finally available for use. The Sentinel and Enterprise reported that the new $30 million school has been under construction for a few years now. However, now the building is complete and is wowing the community with its numerous perks.
According to the news source, each grade will have its own dedicated wing, with accents of green, blue, red or purple to distinguish one area from another. In addition, there are 40 teaching stations in the building, which include smaller classrooms, pre-kindergarten classes, special education rooms, computer labs and speech-therapy spaces. Each classroom is also outfitted with a sink so that children who get messy can quickly be cleaned up within sight of the educator or supervising adult. 
Besides these additions, the designers of the building also made sure to include a number of sustainable solutions that will decrease the operational expenses associated with running the school. According to the news source, the school has a metal silo outside for wood pellets, which provide the heat for the radiant floor heating system piping warmth throughout the structure. There are also propane tanks for backup and supplementary heat on the premises of the building - both will utilize the radiant floor heating system. Because this utility solution is more energy efficient than traditional delivery systems, the school is able to reduce energy consumption and increase sustainability. In addition, a radiant floor heating system, when combined with high R-value insulation and windows, relies on the power of thermal heat sustainability to keep warmth present in a space. Heat loss is avoided and costs are kept down.