Education

  • Indoor air quality and energy efficiency are two key benefits schools can focus on to help students learn better and perform better. With the right system, these two benefits go hand-in-hand.

    Read about the EPA's suggestions for improving Indoor Air Quality in your school

    Read the case studies below and see how we can help you design an effective HVAC solution for your school.


     

    ENERGY SAVINGS WITH 3FFICIENCY
    CAMPBELL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

    In the wake of its three-year-old high school’s nationally renowned sustainability design, Clark County Public Schools has improved upon its chilled beam energy-saving model with the recent HVAC retrofit of a 43-year-old school building.

    Robert D. Campbell Junior High School was retrofitted in 2015 from circa 1970’s unit ventilators to SEMCO IQHC chilled beams and Pinnacle dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS), but with a new twist. Chilled beams and DOAS aren’t new, but Campbell is the world’s first known building to use smart, plug-and-play controllable chilled beam pump modules The pump modules, better know as NEUTON, helped save hundreds of thousands of dollars in capital equipment and labor/installation costs. They also combine chilled beam pinpoint indoor air comfort temperature and humidity control with energy efficiency. The combination of Pinnacle, active chilled beams, and NEUTON is better known as 3fficiency, a system that provides occupants with energy efficiency, zone-level climate control, and superior indoor air quality.

    Download SEMCO Campbell Junior High School Case Study

    Engineered Systems Magazine - "Chilled beams, DOAS upgrade KY school's aging HVAC"

     

     


    HYBRID HVAC
    GEORGE ROGERS CLARK HIGH SCHOOL


    George Rogers Clark High School’s (GRCHS) green design has lowered monthly utility costs while improving indoor air quality and comfort. The 300,000-sq-ft, Winchester, Ky., high school uses a geothermal-based chilled water loop combined with SEMCO chilled beams and dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) for its HVAC system. The building is recording 35% less monthly utility costs versus the 30% smaller conventional high school it replaced. The school is bigger than most high schools nationwide and ranks as one of Kentucky’s largest but is recording a 31.9-k/Btu energy use index (EUI), which is significantly less than the 68-k/Btu EUI of an average sized U.S. school.

    Download SEMCO George Rogers Clark High School Case Study

    RSES Journal (June 2016): School Dehumidification

     

     


    ENERGY EFFICIENCY
    CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY


    Carnegie Mellon University looked to SEMCO to provide solutions for their energy efficiency goals. SEMCO provided eleven
    custom-built variable air volume (VAV) air handling units complete with integrated 3 angstrom total energy recovery
    wheels to condition the Gates Center for Computer Science and Hillman Center for Future-Generation Technologies.
    All systems were provided with the necessary direct digital controls including custom programming and full electrical
    package – all factory tested.

    Download SEMCO Carnegie Mellon Gates-Hillman Case Study
     

     


    CUT THE CARBON
    UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT PRESQUE ISLE


    The University of Maine at Presque Isle was among the first American universities to join the American College &
    University Presidents Climate Challenge. University president Donald Gillman committed the campus to a rigorous plan to reduce its carbon footprint. A unique HVAC renovation at Folsom-Pullen Hall was among the first success stories in the university’s trek toward carbon neutrality.

    Download the SEMCO Folsom-Pullen Hall Case Study
     

     

     


    CHILLING OUT
    MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE


    Colleges and universities are changing the way they approach construction projects and Marywood University is no
    exception. This private, Catholic university in Scranton, PA unveiled its new Center for Architectural Studies amid enormous excitement and pride from faculty, students, and the architecture/engineering team.

    Download the SEMCO Marywood University Case Study
     

     

     


    PRESERVING HISTORY. ENHANCING COMFORT.
    PEABODY HALL, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
     

    Energy efficiency and historic preservation are rarely synonymous. More often than not, one must be compromised
    for the sake of the other. Fortunately, the University of Arkansas found a way around such compromises when it came
    to the restoration and mechanical renovation of the school’s 100-year-old Peabody Hall. SEMCO’s chilled beams bring
    21st century energy efficiency without compromising historic integrity

    Download the SEMCO Peabody Hall Case Study
     

     


    IMPROVING IAQ AT THE CARNEGIE MELLON STEVER HOUSE DORMITORY
     

    Field Research Supports Chamber Testing, Confirming that Avoiding Desiccant Cross-contamination within
    Total Energy Wheels is Essential to Optimizing Indoor Air Quality and Compliance with ASHRAE 62

    A failed energy recovery wheel initially installed to precondition the outdoor air delivered to the Stever House Dormintory (formerly New House Dormitory), a LEED Silver certified facility located on the Carnegie Mellon campus, was retrofitted with fluted aluminum honeycomb transfer media coated with a 3 angstrom molecular sieve desiccant. 

    Download SEMCO Stever House IAQ Research Project Case Study