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Case Study

  • Company: Whitman-Hanson Regional High School
  • Industry: Education
  • Location: Whitman, Massachusetts
  • Profile: An increased population growth of the Whitman and Hanson communities in Massachusetts made it necessary to build a new state-of-the-art high school to replace the aging and outdated facility.
  • Challenge: Select an energy-efficient and eco-friendly, hot water boiler system to reduce the school’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.
  • Solution: Installation of six (6) 1.8 MMBTU/hr ClearFire®-C fully condensing hydronic boilers achieving operating efficiencies up to 99%.
  • Results: One of the first certified Green Schools in Massachusetts with a predicted energy reduction of 11,719 therms, saving about $100,000 in costs annually.

The increasing population in the Whitman and Hanson communities of Massachusetts justified the building of a new, state-of-the-art high school to replace the aging and outdated facility.

Architecture Involution LLC was contracted to assemble a team to assist the design of the new 270,000 sq. ft. Whitman-Hanson Regional High School. It was at this time, the mechanical engineering firm of Griffith and Vary, Inc., was chosen to design the new school building’s mechanical and electrical systems.

Griffith and Vary, Inc., recruited Frank I. Rounds Company in Randolph, Mass., for expertise in selecting an energy-efficient and eco-friendly, hot water boiler design. Integrating high-efficiency boilers into the high school’s heating system was essential to reduce the school’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.

According to Shawn O’Conner, senior sales and project engineer for Frank I. Rounds, “Due to the familiarity and reputation of Cleaver-Brooks boilers, the decision was made to design around and specify the Cleaver-Brooks ClearFire-C fully condensing boiler.”

Frank I. Rounds selected six 1.8 MMBTU/hr ClearFire-C fully condensing hydronic boilers for a total connected load of 10.8 MMBTU/hr. The boilers were started and commissioned by Frank I. Rounds and achieve operating efficiencies up to 99% when in fully condensing mode.

According to Wayne Mattson, PE, principal of the mechanical engineering firm of Griffith & Vary, Inc., “The annual gas savings for upgrading to the highly efficient Cleaver-Brooks ClearFire fully condensing boilers is estimated to be 11,719 therms, which greatly contributes to a predicted annual energy cost savings of $100,060.” 

Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in Whitman, Mass., has won a number of accolades for its design and overall performance. It was one of the first certified Green Schools in Massachusetts designated by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. In addition, the Whitman-Hanson High School was named one of the most educationally innovative environments in New England and was the first school selected as the “Model High School” by the Massachusetts School Building Authority.