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Heating and Cooling the Henry Street Settlement

henry street heating cooling systemRecently we conducted a walkthrough at the Henry Street Settlement with Phil Steiner of AltieriSeborWieber consulting engineers to develop a game plan for the eventual replacement of the heating, ventilation and cooling systems. Our energy audits determined that the Settlement’s mechanical systems were inefficient and many of the offices were overheated, resulting in uncomfortable conditions for the staff. (video below). Starting in the boiler room and ending on the roof, we inspected every space in the Settlement’s headquarter buildings, focusing on temperature spikes, air infiltration, radiators (both hot water and steam) and air conditioning. Watch the video below to learn more from Phil Steiner about the Settlement’s heating and cooling system. The Henry Street Settlement was recently awarded a grant from the American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Partners in Preservation initiative which will help them continue this energy retrofit, and will allow the Settlement to update their heating and cooling systems and make their buildings more energy efficient overall.