Construction in the public sector has led the charge for “going green” in recent years, with legislation at state, federal, and local levels
dictating more efficient designs for government
buildings. The utilization of building components like
recycled materials and energy-efficient appliances get
most of the attention, but systems that control airflow
into and out of a structure are often overlooked, at least
in the public eye, for reducing energy consumption.
Oversight aside, buildings with tight air barriers tend
to lose less heat during winter months, and don’t have
to work as hard to maintain cool temperatures during
summer months. In the heart of Virginia, Frederick
County Public Schools had those benefits in mind
when proposing additions for four elementary schools
in the district.
By Ryan Spencer
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