St. Louis Chapter and SIUE Students Partner for Sustainability Project

It is tradition for the Host Committee of each ASHRAE conference to coordinate a local sustainability project to highlight at their conference. This summer in St. Louis, the project that will be highlighted benefits a local charity called Beverly Farms. The ASHRAE Community Sustainability Project Program is designed to share the engineering knowledge of our members to improve the world around them.

Beverly Farms
Beverly Farms

Beverly Farms is a “home for adults with developmental disabilities and provides each individual with physical and emotional security and a dignified quality of life, with opportunities and challenges, within each individual’s functional capabilities” (http://www.beverlyfarm.org/). They were founded in 1897 and are located in Godfrey, Illinois.

This project was unique in that ASHRAE students from the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) gained a hands-on experience in the design of the project. The project began with a building assessment of the Chappee Cottage Residential Building on the campus of Beverly Farms. The original systems included a multi-zone system with radiant floor heating and an inefficient boiler system.

Beverly Farms
Beverly Farms

The students helped to analyze three HVAC options and investigated ways to help the client save energy, such as building envelope upgrades, improved windows, efficient lighting, and better controls. The resulting decision for the project includes four zones with split systems and a dedicated outside air system utilizing demand-controlled ventilation. The heating water system includes two redundant boilers with hot water temperature reset. Local zone pumps are controlled based on space temperature.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this project’s success: Paul Cefaratti, Alexis Brown, Clayton Gotts, Tim Gilles, Nick Otto, Brandon Churchill, Andrew Spangenberg, and Kyle DeProw of SIUE; Pat O’Brien of Dynamic Engineered Systems; Vinny Stanec of AC Systems; and all in-kind donations from vendors and manufacturers. The St. Louis Chapter is proud to have assisted our local community in valuable way and this project could not come to fruition without your help.

Read more here: https://www.siue.edu/news/2015/11/ASHRAEStudents.shtml