Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center

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Marin E. Koshland Integrated Natural Science Center (KINSC) is a four-story, energy-efficient, and environmental friendly facility on Pennsylvania college's campus. The center uses HVAC, the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly design process for its laboratory ventilation and space conditioning. Three dimensional blocking and stacking models, flow diagram, and bubble diagram allowed the visualization of space interaction and conceptualization of building massing. The HVAC simple control scheme, combined with the backdraft dampers, maintains desired laboratory differential pressures avoiding the need for variable-air-volume (VAV) box, differential-air-pressure controls, and a reheat coil on supply-air ductwork. The KINSC system is estimated to annually save 52 percent in cooling and heating energy, providing minimal ductwork, avoiding condensation in FCUs, simplifying the control, balancing and startup factors, and reducing the operation and maintenance problems.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalHPAC Heating, Piping, AirConditioning Engineering
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2006

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-710-39765


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