Project Files: IAQ & LEED Points

November 12, 2007
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COMPANY: Taco Inc., Cranston, R.I.

INSTALLATION: Taco LoadMatch™ single-pipe system


CUSTOMER: Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, N.C.

OBJECTIVE: Combine energy efficiency and indoor air comfort while simultaneously qualifying for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points.

DESCRIPTION: The Proximity Hotel was designed and built with energy efficiency and guest comfort in mind. The project strived for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification and includes a $2.5 million Trane-Taco variable-flow HVAC system that will earn up to 15 points under the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED certification process.

Dennis Quaintance, principal of Quaintance Weaver Restaurants & Hotels, and owner of the Proximity, sees solid marketing value in being environmentally responsible.

Superior Mechanical installed Taco’s LoadMatch system. Beyond that system, a rooftop mechanical room holds two gas-fired Raypak modular boilers for redundancy, along with various Taco base-mounted pumps, expansion tanks, and 4900 Series air and dirt separators. The Trane chilled water system, which comes with four 50-ton multistack chillers, provides energy savings through its eight stages, and is also rooftop-mounted for space savings.

“Energy costs mean more to us because we’re the developer and the owner. We’re able to look at things over a longer term - 10, 20, even 30 years.”
- Dennis Quaintance, owner of the Proximity Hotel

Publication date: 11/12/2007

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