Cowell Ranch Hay Barn recognized for energy-efficient systems
The newly restored Cowell Ranch Hay Barn continues to reap recognition and awards, the latest from professionals in the field of building systems design.
The barn won technology awards from the Golden Gate Chapter and Region X of ASHRAE, a 56,000-member organization that represents heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration professionals. The project also received an honorable mention in the national ASHRAE competition.
The ASHRAE awards recognize the Hay Barn's energy-conservation systems, which include a passive natural ventilation cooling strategy rather than air conditioning. In addition, the building's well-insulated "envelope"—the roof, walls, and floor—was constructed to minimize the flow of air, water, and heat; skylights and windows were placed strategically; and a highly efficient heating-only ventilation system was installed,
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