The Sisters of St. Joseph (Sisters), Third Order of St. Francis, in Garfield Heights, Ohio, had three goals when renovating their circa 1925 building: cut energy costs, go green and expand individual comfort and control. To do this, the Sisters replaced their boiler system with our WR2- and R2-Series VRF systems. The result: a 74 percent reduction in energy usage and $80,000 a year in savings.
Watch Sister Joyce Hollkamp reflect on VRF’s benefits in the below video, and read more about the project.
Educational facilities across the country are going green. Recycling clubs, organic gardens, green roofs and sustainable dining programs are becoming campus staples. More and more institutions are adopting environmentally conscious practices and technologies for a simple reason: to minimize operational costs in order to maximize the educational experience.
Here are some of the ways that sustainable HVAC solutions benefit educational facilities:
The Hollis Montessori School, Hollis, New Hampshire, is a good model for how an educational facility can improve energy efficiency with an environmentally friendly HVAC solution and, in turn, improve its students’ educational experience. Our H2i® system creates not only a healthy environment in which the students can learn but an unparalleled academic experience. Teachers incorporate the building’s energy usage into lessons and students are encouraged to interact with the system’s monitoring equipment. As far as the savings go, Hollis Montessori School’s annual electricity bill is just $4,500 – an 85 percent energy savings, says the school’s energy consultant. The school has an even bigger achievement to tout – it’s the first independent school in the country to earn Passive House certification.