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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Windsor Increases Sustainability Efforts With Community Recreation Center Expansion

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The recent expansion of the Town of Windsor’s Community Recreation Center included many “green” features, which are estimated to achieve a 15 percent overall energy cost savings.

These features include:

Lighting efficiencies

  • LED lights, skylights and automatic controls
  • Reduced lighting energy by 30 percent

    State-of-the-art heating and cooling systems
  • Demand control ventilation in the gym that adjusts based on occupancy
    Aquatics Center heat recovery on outside air that harvests the energy from exhausted air into the fresh air entering the pool area
    75 percent night outdoor air set back in the Aquatics Center, which allows the pool area to change temperature when unoccupied
    High-efficiency (95 percent) pool condensing boiler
    10 percent fan power reduction by using frequency drive motors and an unoccupied schedule for afterhours operation

    Variable-frequency-drive managed pool circulation
  • Helps reduce peak loads by starting slow and ramping up, resulting in reduced energy demand

    Domestic Hot Water system for the Aquatic Center’s pool, hot tub and locker rooms
  • 80 percent efficient natural gas water heater

    Low-flow water fixtures and shower heads
  • 30 percent reduction in water use

    Highly rated building insulation

In addition to the building’s design elements, an electric vehicle charging station was installed and 144 solar panels were placed on the center’s roof. In October, the panels produced 4,891 kilowatt hours, offsetting the center’s total usage of 68,400 kilowatt hours. Any extra kilowatt hours produced will be paid to the town in the form of Renewable Energy Credits at $0.06 per kilowatt hour.

The features are in line with the town’s sustainability efforts with all town facilities, including Town Hall, the Police Department building, and the forthcoming Public Works Service Facility.  

“The Town of Windsor strives to be good stewards of our resources — both natural and tax payer dollars,” said Facilities Manager David French. “With our town facilities, we explore all options and look to minimize our impact on the earth while maximizing funds.”

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