The middle school teams about to move into the newly renovated "D" wing will have many reasons to celebrate their new beautiful space, not least of which is much improved climate control. Members of the 6-8 grade Environmental Club have been wondering just how much of an improvement new double-pane insulated windows can make in regards to regulating temperature and increasing energy efficiency.
|The IR thermometers that VEEP loaned us for a couple weeks to do this and some other studies|
Armed with infrared thermometers borrowed from VT Energy Education Program, students took a series of measurements of the nearly completed D wing and compared them with the 1967 windows that are still in place on the soon to be renovated "E" wing.
|The team testing our new D Wing windows - first impression was "you can feel the difference!"|
|Testing the 1967 windows and the temperature gradient moving away from them|
|A view from outside of our old E Wing windows - we also expect efficiency from replacing above and below!|
When the students entered the newly renovated space however, the significant improvement could be detected even before the thermometers were turned on: one could just feel that the new windows were making a difference.
|Testing on the interior of our new D Wing windows - with a nice view of the playground as well|
Indeed, the measurements along the new double-pane windows showed a marked improvement, 64 degrees were measured at the pane and there was very little change along the same gradient: 65, 66, and 66 degrees at four foot intervals. The visual display indicated virtually no leaks along the seams.
|The new exterior - insulated brick below and insulated metal panels above (not installed yet here)|