Abstract

As global warming becomes an ever increasing problem, it is Salve Regina University and the Newport communities job to do their part. In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint, we performed a series of tests on the heating and building of McKillop library at Salve Regina to measure its carbon emissions and environmental impact. As a team, we tested for areas of heat loss and temperature change and internal temperature and humidity fluctuation. We also focused on the types of insulation that the building uses and the efficiency of its HVAC – heating, ventilation, and air conditioning – system. Finally, we looked at the roof concerns with regards to the leaking problems and have looked into alternatives such as a green roof. As a result, we have discovered the inefficiencies of the library’s heating practices and have found other options for the library to consider involving the roof as well as providing facts and figures. With all of this research, we are now able to see the impact McKillop library has on the environment. Hopefully changes will be able to made in the short and the long run.

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