Karpinski Engineering provided mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and plumbing design for Fuchs Mizrachi School, a private school that serves 455 students in Pre-K through grade 12. The building is LEED Gold Certified.
Energy conservation measures include a ground source heat pump system, daylighting controls for the classroom lighting systems, demand control ventilation, energy recovery, solar domestic water heating, and extensive energy monitoring controls.
Energy modeling using the DOE-2 eQuest program was used to assist the architect with building envelope construction decisions. Other LEED strategies include indoor air quality monitors and testing, low-water-use plumbing fixtures, alternative refrigerants and commissioning.
The project includes a two-story atrium with in-floor radiant heating. Second floor classrooms were designed with exposed structure with most heat pumps located on the first floor level with ductwork supplying the second floor. The design required hot water heating for various spaces in the building. To accomplish this, two central plants using water-to-water ground source heat pumps were designed to generate heating hot water for use by air handling units, radiant heating elements, and in-floor radiant heating.