An overpowered library
At first blush, there's nothing wrong with this picture of one of the libraries at MIT. But if you're looking to improve energy efficiency, there are few things that can be done.
For starters, the room's artificial lights are on, even though the building benefits from south-facing windows that let a lot of light in. MIT will be installing daylight sensors that can control how much light the overhead lights give off as a way to save energy. Also, the occupancy of the room is only about 10 percent, but the heating and cooling system is programmed to run as if the room were full. By reducing the amount of circulated air, it can cut electricity and heating costs, while reducing noise.
May 26, 2010 12:51 PM PDT
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
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