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New science building will meet LEED standards


Central Washington University will be able to heat its 108,000 square-foot new science building at no additional cost when finished, said Pat Nahan, CWU manager of Engineering Services and Energy Conservation.

The school received a $1.2 million grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce in 2013 to retrofit a 1974 boiler that heats campus with piped steam. Natural gas burners heat the water. Because of the Science Phase II project, new facilities needed to be installed at the boiler plant.

To meet energy efficiency requirements, Facilities Management designed and created a system that will use the existing boiler plant and make it approximately 8 percent more efficient.

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