Energy and Sustainability
Purpose and Goals
The Rock Hill School District believes that a properly managed energy conservation program will allow utility costs to be avoided which can be re-directed for improving student achievement. A formal energy conservation management program will also set standards for building systems operation which will eliminate utility waste, increase efficiency and enhance the quality of the learning environment.
Information about HVAC systems operational changes in response to COVID-19 pandemic
Rock Hill Schools has made significant changes in the way our HVAC systems operate to help mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19 in our buildings. These changes were made based on guidance from the the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (ASHRAE). ASHRAE has published several documents relating to the possible spread of airborne pathogens in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are essentially 3 "major" changes we have made:
- Where possible, we have ensured that the HVAC air moving fans are operating continuously during occupied hours of operation. This is the normal operation of fans but in some instances, fans may have been operating intermittently at the request of space occupants.
- Where possible, we have increased the amount of outdoor air introduction by adjusting outdoor air flow regulating dampers. These dampers are typically positioned to provide a specified minimum amount of outdoor air when the unit is in operation. These minimum positions have been increased.
- We have lowered the standard or "global" cooling set points throughout the District from 74 to 72 deg. F.
By making these changes we are ensuring that there is maximum air filtration and outdoor air introduction into our buildings. Lowering the cooling setpoint helps minimize the effect of introducing more warm, humid outdoor air. Hopefully, the cooler temperatures in the buildings will help make it comfortable to wear face masks while occupying the building. For more detailed information, please refer to our HVAC changes to mitigate possible COVID-19 transmission drawing.
Please let us know through the normal work-order system if your room/space is experiencing uncomfortable conditions. The changes we have made will tax the HVAC systems more than their normal operating circumstances. Any un-discovered issues with the equipment will likely surface as a space that is not able to maintain its temperature at the set-point.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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