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Engineering students worked with the Providence Athenaeum to assess the organization's HVAC and related systems, develop a conceptual preliminary HVAC design, identify and investigate opportunities to incorporate modern energy generating technologies, and provide overall recommendations for moving forward.


To evaluate the impact of potential modifications to the HVAC system the Historical Value Adding Consultants developed a building energy model. The building energy model was constructed using a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that utilizes typical meteorological year (TMY) data to determine the average energy usage of the Athenaeum for a typical year. The model has been validated against actual energy usage and is used to identify and quantify energy savings resulting from design alternatives.