Platt Technical High School in Milford, CT inaugurated its “E-House“ at E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in New Britain, Connecticut.
The E-House is part of Connecticut State Technical High School System’s (CTHSS) “green” approach, providing clean energy curriculum and hands-on experience for its architectural, carpentry, electrical and plumbing departments’ faculty and students. In addition to the physical structure, the funding plan includes training and professional development for all CTHSS architectural, carpentry, electrical, HVAC and plumbing instructors.
The E-House at Platt Tech is the fourth such unit to open, with three more scheduled to open next school year. The plan is to have all 17 schools build their own E-House facility to train students in the skills needed to install and maintain the latest ‘green’, sustainable energy technololgy. The Platt Tech High School E-House incorporates solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, weatherization and energy efficiency labs.
HVAC equipment was purchased through FW Webb and AKR Associates. Designed and built by faculty and students, the E-House is funded by the state’s two energy funds: the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund.
AKR Associates, the manufacturer’s representative in Connecticut for Bosch and Buderus products, has contributed equipment and technical support to the E-House program. Inside the E-House is a high-efficiency Bosch Greenstar condensing gas fired boiler, Buderus solar thermal hot water system and control system.
According to Pat Ciarleglio, Construction Trades Consultant for the CT State Department of Education, “It is very important to remember that these high school students are learning hands-on techniques on how to construct a green building. Upon graduation from a four-year program, students earn 720 hours towards their license and 1500 hours of job training toward an apprenticeship. For over 100 years, Connecticut’s Technical High School System has led with excellence in providing tomorrow’s workforce with the skills needed for success. Our E-House initiative allows us to continue that legacy; however, with a green foundation.”
Benefits and Conclusion
Peter Butler of AKR Associates noted that student response has been positive, especially as other technical high school systems across the nation (including Washington and California) are scheduling visits to learn how to emulate the successful E-House Initiative.