University Resources from MAE’s Energy Solutions Spring into Action in Support of LEED Certification for Nelson Hall

In late November of this year, the energy engineers, Harsha Holalu Ramakrishna and Daniel Paprocki of Energy Solutions, facilitated a session of the fall LEED Laboratory (ARC 590-012), an interdisciplinary course through NC State University’s College of Design.

The 1 ½- hour course included information on conducting energy audits including a walk through at Nelson Hall to determine baseline energy use, focused on lighting. Energy Solutions, a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department group, serves as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Assessment Center, providing free energy audits to small- to medium-sized manufacturers. The group also serves other sectors with general and targeted energy surveys of high-energy users.

Nelson Hall, home of the Poole School of Management, is considering the aspects of acquiring the LEED Certification, with the help of students, university resources other experts in the field. Students are playing a key role in this documentation process. The LEED laboratory course is central to this certification effort.

Energy Solutions also provided information on conducting an ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Level II audit, a necessary component in obtaining the information necessary to make efficiency recommendations and implementations for LEED Certification.

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