PSU Energy Efficiency Hub

This project demonstrates the two opportunities in Sustainable Design – Greenfield and Retrofit projects. At adjacent locations within the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Penn State University renovated the old Naval Natatorium into a building retrofit laboratory to study the efficiencies of numerous innovative and diverse HVAC technologies with a goal of increasing awareness of Sustainable Design technologies.

The HVAC work was performed by Devine Brothers and the Building Automation System with advanced measuring verification was designed and installed by its sister BAS company, Dynamic Control Systems. The systems employed were variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pumps; a dedicated outside air unit (DOAS); passive and active chilled beams; perimeter baseboard and panel radiation; fan powered VAV boxes, series and parallel; packaged gas/electric DX rooftops; These different technologies were used so that their energy usage could be studied and compared. The adjacent building that was constructed is 7R. This building was essentially a new structure using 48 geothermal wells in along with water source heat pumps. This enabled the PSU EEB Hub team to study these energy efficient lead edge technologies, utilizing the same monitoring system, in the context of a new and innovative building facility.



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  • Proven track record with university level Educational Facilities
  • Proven track record working with specialized lab air control systems
  • Proven experience with turnkey integrated systems and controls
  • Proven ability to work in occupied facilities with high expectation Owners