November 14, 2012

Whole Building Systems Works on Improving Energy Performance of CCSD?s Older Schools

Whole Building Systems

Whole Building Systems, a highly regarded engineering and energy efficiency consulting firm that serves commercial, governmental, educational, commercial, and historic preservation sectors, today announced that it is deeply engaged with the Charleston County School District (CCSD) to make its new and existing buildings more sustainable, safe, and energy-efficient.

CCSD has recently built many new schools based on high-performance energy criteria. Today, Whole Building Systems (WBS) is performing energy modeling and analysis to help CCSD to bring the existing, older schools up to the same high-performance levels of the new construction, while improving the indoor environmental quality in all facilities.

WBS has worked with CCSD on numerous innovative strategies to improve the energy efficiency and indoor air quality of its facilities, including the creation of an Owners Project Requirements template for four downtown Charleston schools that are currently undergoing seismic retrofits. In an effort to establish performance criteria for energy consumption and overall sustainability, WBS created educational content and workshop presentations for the architects, engineers, building owners, and facility personnel engaged with CCSD. The Owners Project Requirements template will serve to guide the establishment of energy targets and provide the guidance on staff training for all future retrofits of CCSD buildings. WBS and CCSD also worked cooperatively to establish guidelines for ongoing facility maintenance and operations.

In its most-recent engagement with CCSD, WBS is now helping to establish a District-wide Energy Protocol. As part of that Protocol, a team facilitated by WBS will work to create performance benchmarks for existing buildings, establish energy targets, create policies that can help meet targets, and motivate staff and students to help meet energy-efficiency goals.

"The Charleston County School District has shown admirable leadership and dedication to our community, because they have clearly made it a priority to have safe, environmentally sound, and energy-efficient facilities," said Whole Building Systems' founder Dennis Knight. "Whole Building Systems is proud to have contributed our expertise and guidance, and we look forward to playing a key role in development of a district-wide energy protocol to ensure that all CCSD facilities are energy efficient and provide a quality learning environment for our children."