Maine DOT Garage Fryeburg
One of two similar garages TPD built for the Maine DOT, energy efficiency was the focus of a project completed for the Maine Department of Transportation. We installed specialized, insulated wall and roof panels called Insulated Panel Systems (IPS), provided by A & S Building Systems. Radiant heat was installed in the concrete floor slab, which is much more efficient than forced hot air-especially in a building with a high ceiling where large garage doors are frequently opening and closing.
With IPS, insulated panels provided substantial energy savings for the State of Maine at the metal maintenance garages by reducing their heating and air conditioning requirements.
These systems are the kind of Continues Air Barriers (CABs) that are being added into model energy efficiency codes throughout North America. As the A & S website notes: “CABs are critical to reducing air infiltration through the building envelope. Infiltration in buildings can have many negative consequences, including reduced thermal comfort, interference with the proper operation of mechanical ventilation systems, degraded indoor air quality and increased energy consumption.”