SUNY-ESF Gateway Center gets outfitted with energy-efficient technology

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 09:22

The recent additions to the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) will allow the establishment to reduce its operational expenses. Your News Now (YNN) in Rochester, New York reports that a variety of sustainable changes have been made to the Gateway Center building on campus.
According to the collegiate establishment, SUNY-ESF is the oldest institution in the U.S. that focuses on the study of environmental science. Officials at the higher-education facility decided to combine the use of multiple green technologies to improve the energy efficiency of the structure. The news source reports that new insulation, solar panels and a radiant heating system are all part of the new features added to the Gateway Center.
"[Energy efficiency] is achieved through a combination of how the building envelope, as we call it, the walls and foundation and the roof are heavily insulated and protected from unwanted solar gain but capturing a lot of daylight in desirable ways and very energy-efficient systems," Ellen Watts, Principal with Architera, Inc, told the news source.
A radiant heating system will be used with other technologies to help regulate the temperature of the building. For example, on top of the structure is a 10,000 square-foot garden roof, which acts as insulation to reduce the building's energy load and traps heat under the roof.
The combination of sustainable technology will allow this green facility to reduce its operational expenses. Radiant heating circulates warmth throughout the building using different zones so that areas that don't require increased temperatures for comfort can remain unheated - reducing the total energy used to heat the structure.