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Center for Recreation and Sports & the Performing Arts Center

Energy and Atmosphere

LEED Poster 3
Energy and Atmosphere
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Use of Geothermal Energy for Heating and Cooling—In 2006, Adelphi installed the second geothermal well system, which is being used to heat and cool the new 76,000-square-foot Center for Recreation and Sports and the 53,000-square-foot Performing Arts Center. Including the renovated Olmsted Theatre, the gross square footage of the project was 168,202.

This well field for the system is located under our new parking grove and consists of approximately 330 wells. The well field, similar to the New Hall I field, is a closed-loop system, meaning that we are not using ground water but circulating the system water through a series of wells, each approximately 300 feet deep. All of the individual wells are connected together and run into the buildings via two main pipes. Contained in the building mechanical rooms are a series of heat pump units used to transfer the heat from the earth to the building system for heating, or transfer the heat from the building to the ground for cooling, depending on the need. Over time, the area around the well field will act like a big heat sink. In the summer, the heat that is removed from the building will be stored in the ground and will be used in the winter for heating.

The choice of the Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) system for the Center for Recreation and Sports and the Performing Arts Center will prove to be a wise one for several reasons. First, the operation of this type of system does not require burning of fossil fuels. Second, although there is an additional cost to install the system, it will pay for itself over time through savings realized by not burning natural gas for heat. Finally, as part of the overall achievement of Certified LEED rating for the project, it demonstrates the University's commitment as an environmentally friendly campus.

Enhanced Commissioning—a LEED Commissioning agent has been involved in the project from the planning stages

Enhanced Refrigerant Management—ozone depletion and effect on global warming have been kept to a minimum

Green Power—the University has purchased Renewable Energy Certificates that will offset 70% of the project's electrical use

This page was last modified on January 4, 2011.

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