West Bristol School

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Radiant Energy System in West Bristol School

Project at a Glance

Client Need

West Bristol School was looking to build a school that would reduce energy costs and be green building certified.  Like all Connecticut schools, they are mandated to be build to LEED Silver status.  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, and Silver is the third highest of its four designations.

Design Solution

We designed a system using geothermal technology that required 150 wells to be dug at a depth of about 500 feet.  The classroom floors have radiant heat that brings warmth to the students’ feet, and cool air is brought in through vents near the ceilings. By bringing the warmer temperatures in from the floor and cooler temperatures from the ceiling, the system works at its optimum and most efficient design.

Products Installed

The system required more than 75,000 feet of pipe, and water is pumped through Wirsbo hePEXTM tubing from deep in the earth, where the ambient temperature is always 52oF (11oC).  During warm weather the water will be cooled down and in the winter it will warm up. There are no boilers and the water is heated through heat transfer pumps and then circulated through the buildings.

Project Summary

Gary Maturo

quotesWe provided in-depth engineering design and assistance. When it came time to install the systems, we provided on-site training and support. I think we provided more than just a great product. We provided peace of mind that the tubing was installed and connected correctly and professionally.

Gary MaturoHeating Sales

The new West Bristol School was mandated to built an energy efficient, green building certified structure that achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver designation.

We designed a geothermal system that consisted of 150 drilled about 500 feet deep. In tis system water is pumped through Wirsbo hePEXTM tubing from deep in the earth, where the ambient temperature is always 52oF (11oC), Callahan said. During warm weather the water will be cooled down and in the winter it will warm up. There are no boilers and the water is heated through heat transfer pumps and then circulated through the buildings.

The classroom floors have radiant heat that brings warmth to the students’ feet, and cool air is brought in through vents near the ceilings. By bringing the warmer temperatures in from the floor and cooler temperatures from the ceiling, the system works at its optimum and most efficient design. Heating and cooling are controlled remotely by a computer, and the system is able to simultaneously cool some portions of the building and heat other portions depending on where the sun is shining.

  • Design high-efficiency heating system

    Created a geothermal system featuring Uponor radiant heating and cooling systems.

  • Provide effective system controls

    Provided a design that allows the entire system to be controlled remotely by computer.

  • Implement geothermal heating and cooling

    Installed radiant floors in each classroom and vents for cool air in the ceilings.

  • Install PEX tubing for heat distribution

    Using over 75,000 feet of pipe, water is pumped through Wirsbo hePEXTM tubing through heat transfer pumps and then circulated through the buildings.

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