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University scores high marks on efficiency

The new boilers require far less maintenance and operate with greater efficiency, saving the university thousands of dollars in utility costs annually. The Washington State University (WSU), Vancouver, campus is located on 350 acres about 15 miles north of Portland. Centralized chillers circulate cooling water to all 12 campus buildings over a total of 500,000 square feet, but the campus has no centralized boilers. Instead, individual boilers operate in each building. After more than 25 years of operation, the original boilers and other mechanical systems reached the end of their useful life. “They needed consistent maintenance to keep running,” said P...

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