Solar Hot Water Rebate Assistance and LEED Silver Design
Weston & Sampson, on behalf of Goody Clancy and the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), prepared a feasibility study and grant application to secure a $50,000 rebate from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Commonwealth Solar Hot Water Program. The solar hot water system, also known as solar thermal, was installed on the roof of the new Integrated Sciences Complex, located on the University of Massachusetts Boston campus. The 36 collector system includes two 900 gallon storage tanks, process logic controls, performance monitoring equipment, and necessary piping and valves to provide hot water for non-potable lab use. As part of the rebate application, Weston & Sampson performed a feasibility study evaluating the proposed facility, load profile, proposed solar thermal system components, estimated thermal production, and a detailed economic analysis. The building was designed to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s (LEED) Silver certification standard. Sustainable design measures were incorporated during the design phase which included the solar hot water system.