Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Should I Rent or Buy a Modular Classroom in Texas?...

Modular classroom, portable classroom questions and answers.
Rent or buy a modular classroom?

This is the most common question I answer for schools, daycare centers and churches across the U.S. - and Texas is no exception. Read this article posted on iModularbuildings.com for some helpful tips if you are looking for a modular classroom for your school district, church o daycare program.

Should I Rent or Buy a Modular Classroom in Texas?




Wednesday, May 22, 2013

First Leed-Certified Green Middle School Ribbon Cutting

 

ENVIRONMENTAL CHARTER SCHOOLS BRINGS COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING

EXCELLENT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

TO HARBOR GATEWAY NORTH/GARDENA AREA

 

Ribbon-Cutting Celebration for New

Environmental Charter Middle School Set for May 22

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 16, 2013 – Environmental Charter Schools’ (ECS) top priority has always been to provide excellent educational opportunities in underserved communities. It has never been content to stop there, however. The network of free public middle and high schools that prepares students for four-year colleges through experiential learning and by exploring the environment as a learning tool both inside and outside the classroom also is committed to being a good neighbor and engaged community partner.


To celebrate bringing that commitment to the Harbor Gateway North/Gardena area of Los Angeles, the school is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Environmental Charter Middle School (ECMS-G). In addition to celebrating the opening of its third campus, the event will honor the many partners who have been instrumental in making the new school a reality.

 

What: Activities will include student-led campus tours. The tours will include different “vignettes” with five sub-themes that not only highlight key features of the new campus, but also incorporate the day’s overarching theme of “Building and Learning on a Green Campus.” The vignettes further will highlight the critical role sponsors have played.

 

Where:            Environmental Charter Middle School

                        812 W. 165th Place

                        Los Angeles, CA 90247

 

When:             Wednesday, May 22, 2013

                        Opening Remarks – 10:00 a.m.

                        Campus Tours – 10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

                        Closing Remarks – 11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

                        One-on-One Interview and Photo Opportunities Available – 10:30 a.m. – noon

 

Who:   The event is presented by ECS Founder and Executive Director Alison Suffet-Diaz and ECMS-Gardena Principal Kami Cotler with presentations by ECMS-G students and sponsors AAA Flag & Banner, Boeing, Chevron, Cuningham Architects & Shangri-LA Construction, Raytheon and State Farm.

 

VISUALS:

 

Vignette 1: We Thrive (in partnership with Cuningham Architects & Shangri-LA Construction) – highlights the school’s many green elements (e.g., the Silver LEED certification; explanation of how existing space was leveraged to reduce carbon footprint and how the campus maximizes natural lighting; etc.)

 

Vignette 2:  We Create (in partnership with State Farm) – through composting and aquaponics demonstrations, students will show how ECS is promoting creative thinking to bring its schools to life

 

Vignette 3: We Share (in partnership with Boeing) – reveals how ECS empowers other schools and their teachers with the tools needed to inspire their students to action through the Green Ambassador Program

 

Vignette 4: We Innovate (in partnership with Chevron and Raytheon) – students demonstrate how rigorous science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs are preparing them to be lifelong learners and college-goers.

 

Vignette 5: We Partner (in partnership with AAA Flag & Banner) – showcases project-based learning reflective of the partnership between ECS and AAA Flag & Banner.  This partnership is built on a two-way exchange of knowledge in which the students serve as “consultants” who educate and inspire the company in its efforts to “go green.”


Following the tour, visitors will have an opportunity to view the future Community Partnership area featuring Donor Vines that represent the ECS community’s contributions toward the school and its vision.###

 

About Environmental Charter Schools:

Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) is a network of free public middle and high schools that prepares students for four-year colleges through experiential learning and by exploring the environment as a learning tool both inside and outside the classroom.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

HVAC ROI: beyond energy efficiency

(Dallas, TX May 7, 2013) When it comes to helping your customers get the most out of their HVAC investment, there's more to the bottom line than swapping out an old, out-of-date system for a shiny, new, high-efficiency model. While the new, higher-performing system will instantly result in monthly utility savings they can see, there's more to ROI than efficiency ratings and first cost.

As businesses consider the purchase of packaged HVAC units, tallying the total ROI—from first cost, setup and installation to ongoing service and maintenance—is the best way to determine which system will offer your customers the best return in the long run.

Here's what to look for when choosing or replacing an HVAC unit:

Easy installation
Did the HVAC manufacturer do its research to find out what the contractor needs in order to make the system easier to install? Simplifying the installation process is a win-win for both the contractor and the end user. It all comes down to less time spent on the job, and fewer subcontractors needed to get the job done—which in turn equates to less cost to the end user, and potentially more time for contractors to add another job to the day's roster. Look for intelligent controls that verify proper system setup with a guided menu that reduces complexity of start-up and commissioning, and keyed and color-coded wire connectors that simplify field sensor or thermostat installation and prevent miswiring. These features add up to a quicker and easier installation process, ensuring equipment is installed correctly and helping contractors get to the next job quicker.

Factory-installed options
Everyone benefits from features that help save time and money. Factory-installed options are another way HVAC manufacturers help contractors, as well as end users, save money. These add-ons are typically created to ensure the unit runs at its maximum capability and efficiency, offering peace of mind to the contractor and increased savings to the end user. Look for intelligent controls <http://www.lennoxcommercial.com/products/commercial-controls.asp> that record and track the runtime of every major system component for quick and easy troubleshooting, and multi-stage air volume supply fan technology <http://www.lennoxcommercial.com/landing/msav.asp> that provides customers with increased comfort and savings all year long.

Service and maintenance savings According to research, facilities in which proper HVAC maintenance is completed will use at least 15 to 20 percent less energy than those where systems are allowed to deteriorate. Performing regular preventive maintenance can keep equipment operating at peak efficiency, helping customers save time and money in the process. Look for:

* Hinged door panels that make units easier to service and eliminate the need for screws, which can come loose during service and cause rooftop penetration
* Units with slide-out blower motor compartments that provide quicker, easier access to the unit's belt, blower motor and coils
* An isolated compressor compartment that allows performance checks during normal compressor operation without disrupting airflow


Choose a reliable HVAC manufacturer
When it comes to selecting energy-efficient HVAC for light commercial buildings <http://www.lennoxcommercial.com/products/packaged-rooftop-units/Landmark/> , Lennox Commercial is an industry leader. Lennox' 18 SEER Energence® units <http://www.lennoxcommercial.com/products/packaged-rooftop-units/Energence/> are designed with comfort, reliability, efficiency and ease of use and service in mind, providing peace of mind to contractors as well as end users. For more information, visit www.lennoxcommercial.com.


About Lennox Industries Inc.
A worldwide leader in residential and commercial heating and air conditioning systems, Lennox Industries Inc. is based near Dallas, Texas. Deeply committed to helping consumers and businesses reduce energy needs and lessen their environmental impact, the company offers a wide range of resources for improving efficiency, including a selection of ENERGY STAR® qualified products. Lennox Industries is a subsidiary of Lennox International Inc. and is a global leader in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration markets. Lennox International stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "LII." To learn more about Lennox International, visit www.lennoxinternational.com. To learn more about Lennox Industries, contact a Lennox sales representative or visit www.lennox.com <http://www.lennox.com/> .

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Modular classroom cost?

Modular classroom priceHere is a helpful post and several questions with answers about the cost of modular classrooms. The post is on iModularbuildings.com - a blog I write to help schools make good decisions and save money when it comes to modular, portable classrooms in the United states. Be sure to look at the comments below the post.








Read: How much should a modular classroom cost? My school is searching for a new modular classroom (portable) for twenty-five students and we wanted to get the best price possible. How?

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

LEED School Campus Part 2

Here is Part 2 of a super informative video about a LEED certified school campus in Arizona. We had many re-Tweets and views after posting Part 1 on www.iBuildGreen.com.


Monday, April 29, 2013

How many portable classrooms are in the United States?

According to Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in 2011 there were 600,000 relocatable classrooms serving about 1.4 million students in the United States.

Can you imagine how much energy could be generated if half of these "boxes" had photovoltaic systems installed?


Can you imagine how much energy could be saved if these modulars had energy management systems and were being maintained properly?

Food for thought!