Arthur Christopher Community Center Achieves LEED Gold

The Arthur Christopher Community Center at Harmon Field on Fishburne Street in downtown Charleston, SC is a 26,500 square foot facility offering a large gymnasium, multipurpose rooms, laundry, offices and kitchen to support after-school educational programs and a variety of community events.

Gymnasiums typically have high-energy costs due to high occupancy and the requirement for fresh air, especially facilities located in hot and humid climate zones.

The largest potential energy use would typically come from the rooftop units that condition the facility air, but these units employ various energy saving strategies. Two of the units serve the gymnasium and kitchen, which require 100% outdoor air. These units use Energy Recovery Wheels to minimize the impact of high outdoor air loads. Energy wheels are an innovative way to capture energy from air normally expelled to the atmosphere, reducing heating and cooling loads and energy usage.

The building automation systems (BAS) automatically monitor and control facility conditions and optimize heating and cooling during partial load periods. It automatically adjusts outdoor air volume based on Carbon Dioxide levels to reduce energy use. The BAS also sends alerts to key individuals who can control temperatures and facility conditions remotely via the Internet, eliminating the need for onsite staff.

High efficiency natural gas furnaces instead of electric heat take advantage of lower natural gas prices and the instantaneous gas fired water heaters piped in parallel provide a large amount of hot water when needed, eliminate the need to heat and store water and lower energy and water use.

The facility also uses low-flow fixtures throughout to reduce fresh water demand and wastewater volume. It also has an extensive state of the art lighting control system with sensors that automatically adjust for daylight and occupancy.

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