School District Leverages Grant Money to Upgrade Heating System
April 8, 2013
The Park Orchard Elementary retrofit included replacing classroom heating systems. The Kent School District was awarded a $1 million-plus grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for project design enhancements including the installation of a ground-source heat pump system.
For HVAC contractors looking to increase sales, weatherization services like air sealing can be a natural extension of their businesses, offering many professionals a way to boost profits and reduce outsourcing. Bidding an air sealing job, however, can be an intimidating process. Here are a few easy steps to simplify the bidding process.
One aspect of Mohegan Sun’s green initiatives is to improve energy efficiency. The challenge is to find ways to maximize efficiency without sacrificing indoor environmental quality. One way that Mohegan Sun achieves this balance is by implementing a ventilation solution known as demand controlled ventilation or DCV.
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