Beams in Schools

Several major benefits can be realized by schools utilizing active and passive beam systems. Beams contribute to an optimized learning environment by providing a quiet, comfortable space. Both short term and long term benefits can further be realized through reduced construction costs and increased energy efficiency.

Low noise levels are often a critical design parameter for schools. The American National Standard’s institutes standard 512.60-2002 recommends an NC value of between 30 and 35 for classrooms, which can be achieved using a hydronic system.

The reduction in recirculated supply air inherent to beam functionality leads to lower fan power and reheat requirements. The net result is an energy savings that contributes to reduced operating costs, which is an important benefit for many educational institutions.

Finally, the application of beams can lead to reduced plenum heights, which provides the design team with an opportunity to reduce construction expense by lowering the floor to floor heights, or to utilize the additional space to enhance the architectural design of the building.

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