Center for Energy Efficient Design (CEED)
The CEED includes approximately 3600 sq. ft. of learning space, located adjacent to the existing The Gereau Center in Franklin County Virginia. The new learning center is a resource for students and the general public in the region. The CEED includes learning laboratories for hands-on instruction and projects related to the building design and advanced systems features. The building design and its systems are integral in a model for the environmental science curriculum for the 21st century. The building addresses problem-based learning with areas for students to work individually, in small groups, or in large groups. Through learning modules developed specifically for this building, fundamental biology, chemistry, and physics is taught in the broader context of environmental science and architecture.
The CEED is a teaching tool for the students in the Franklin County Public School system. The programs are available to students from other school districts as well.
There are learning activities designed to help students learn about energy efficient building techniques. The students see the greater impact of their actions on the environment.
In addition to student use, the building is open to the general public who want to learn more about how they can incorporate energy efficient principles in their current and planned buildings. Builders and contractors who want to see systems in action also come to the CEED to advance their knowledge.
There is on going monitoring and analysis of the systems in the building so that students and the public can see the advantages of green technology.
This project goes beyond standard design and construction demonstrating environmental design concepts as well as energy efficient systems. The building and learning modules demonstrate the following concepts and applications:
- Wind systems
- Solar thermal systems
- Passivhaus principles
- Natural Ventilation
- Lighting control systems
- Shading and properties of glass
- Efficient HVAC systems
- Geothermal energy
- Grey water recycling
- Rainwater harvesting
- Indoor air quality and comfort level
- Sustainable healthy building materials and construction techniques
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