Historic Scully Building going green

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Patrick and April Doolin are restoring the Scully Building, but that doesn't mean they aren't making the building as environmentally friendly as possible.

For one, they are drilling 27 wells about 200 feet deep for the geothermal heating and cooling system. The geo system pumps a water solution through a network of tubing that loops through the wells. Since the ground temperature below 4 feet is constantly near 55 degrees, the water in the tubing is either warmed or cooled to 55 degrees. In the winter, the heat is extracted from the 55-degree water to warm the building. In the summer, the 55-degree water is used to cool the air, similar to an air conditioner. It is a very efficient and environmentally friendly system since it requires far less utilities than traditional systems.

The insulation being used is a fairly new product made completely from recycled newspapers. It provides a thermal barrier between the masonry walls and the interior walls. The newspapers are mixed with  fire-retardant material and glue. The mixture is sprayed into the walls like foam insulation and has a spongelike consistency when dried. It, too, is very efficient and environmentally friendly.

The work in just the last three weeks shows how far along Roger Webster Construction has come. Walls are studded in, electrical is being set as well as plumbing lines, as what the new office building will look like becomes apparent.

To see just how far work has come, see the picture album from Feb. 27:

Pictures by Mike Fak








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