Evaluation of Energy Efficient Improvements to Portable Classrooms in Florida
Parker, Danny; Sherwin, John; Anello, Michael
Education; Buildings; Ventilation; Retrofits
Florida has over 25,000 portable classrooms in use around the state. Energy costs for these structures exceed $20 million a year - or about 11% of all energy-related expenditures for educational facilities. Research has also shown interior ventilation rates in these classrooms typically fall far below the recommended levels in ASHRAE Standard 62-1989.To explore ways in which costs might be reduced and the physical learning environment improved, we conducted a two year experiment in two highly instrumented portable classrooms at Silver Sands Middle School in Volusia County. A series of retrofits, aimed to cut energy use and improve ventilation and illumination quality, were staged into the portables over time.
Education; Buildings - Retrofits; Buildings - Ventilation
Florida Solar Energy Center and Callahan, Michael, "Evaluation of Energy Efficient Improvements to Portable Classrooms in Florida" (1999). FSEC Energy Research Center®. 663.