WPI Campus Center Feasibility Study for LEED O+M CertificationPublic
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To address climate change and support Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s commitment to sustainability, this project analyzed the Rubin Campus Center’s potential to achieve LEED Existing Building: Operations + Maintenance v4.1 certification. The team determined the existing building’s performance to warrant the Silver certification level. The team evaluated the structural feasibility of proposed changes and utilized energy modeling software to analyze the potential benefits for several retrofit options to further improve sustainability. For the proposed variable changes and final proposed models, the team found the associated energy usage reductions, estimated initial costs, and yearly monetary savings. The team recommends that WPI investigate rooftop units (RTUs) with energy recovery wheels, kitchen makeup air units (MAUs) with cooling coils, and either ground source heat pumps or high-efficiency electric summer boilers. These findings can guide WPI to decrease their impact on the environment, lower their operations costs, and reinforce their dedication to sustainability.
- This report represents the work of one or more WPI undergraduate students submitted to the faculty as evidence of completion of a degree requirement. WPI routinely publishes these reports on its website without editorial or peer review.
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