Title

Evaluation of Energy Efficient Improvements to Portable Classrooms in Florida

Secondary Author(s)

Parker, Danny; Sherwin, John; Anello, Michael

Report Number

FSEC-CR-1133-99

URL

http://publications.energyresearch.ucf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FSEC-CR-1133-99.pdf

Keywords

Education; Buildings; Ventilation; Retrofits

Abstract

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.

Date Published

11-20-1999

Subjects

Education; Buildings - Retrofits; Buildings - Ventilation

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