Bentworth Middle School

Bentleyville, PA

Kyle Courtney | Mechanical Option


Student Biography

Building Statistics

Thesis Abstract

Technical Assignments

Thesis Research

Thesis Proposal


Final Report


Senior Thesis e-Studio

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Thesis Proposal

Summary of Proposal

Proposed Mechanical System Alternatives

· Reduce the loop field size and overall costs to the school through the design of a geothermal hybrid system

· Decentralize the loop field pumps to improve the systems efficiency and reduce the overall costs

· Ensure that proper ventilation is provided to all spaces through the use of occupancy sensors or counters

· Recover energy from all air exhausted from the building

· Provide ventilation air directly to the heat pump through the wall to eliminate ductwork and large rooftop heat pump units

· Use natural ventilation to improve air quality and reduce mechanical operation costs


Proposed Breadth Alternatives


· A new façade design will be developed due to changes required by the mechanical and natural ventilation systems

· A new roof design will be required to incorporate the photovoltaic array


· A study will be conducted to test the feasibility of using a photovoltaic array to improve the electric consumption efficiency of the school’s computers and/or fluorescent lighting


MAE Considerations

Concepts learned in HVAC Central Cooling and Distribution Systems (AE 557) will be incorporated into several of the studies including the cooling tower design and decentralization of the system pumps.


Revised Proposal Notes

The revised proposal contains additional information on why Energy Wall was chosen for the basis of design as well as updates to the proposed schedule and what software will be used in the analyses.