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Stafford County Public Schools in Stafford, Virginia, wanted to shift towards sustainable building practices but they had a problem facility: Falmouth Elementary School (Falmouth ES). The school was in desperate need of renovation and faced a host of challenges, the biggest of which was the existing cooling and heating system, which was bulky, inefficient and costly.
The existing cooling and heating system had no dehumidification capabilities, which led to poor indoor air quality and a battle with mold. The system was housed in a separate building in the parking lot, which made it difficult to drop off and pick up students and it was energy inefficient. Falmouth ES was operating at 90 kBtu/sf per year, 30 percent higher than the average for educational facilities in similar climates.
Creating a high-performing and efficient HVAC system for Falmouth ES was critical to renovating the building. The school system contacted b2E Consulting Engineers, Leesburg, Virginia, for help designing a new system. They decided our VRF zoning system would be able to address all of the school’s issues.
Timm Guyer, project manager for Acme Mechanical Contractors of Virginia, Inc., Manassas, Virginia, installed the system. “The Mitsubishi Electric VRF zoning system was a perfect fit for the Falmouth ES installation. It was easy for us to install, is super efficient and we have had zero warranty issues,” said Guyer.
The team was able to keep the school’s original ceiling height while improving lighting levels and reducing noise pollution in classrooms. Most impressively, the school has seen a 25 to 30 percent reduction in its energy costs despite expanding the building area by 13,000 square feet!
Click here to learn more about Falmouth ES’ renovation.