WVU helping Shepherdstown save historical buildings through energy efficiency

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March 20, 2015 by Nicholas Munson, WHAG-TV, Hagerstown, Md

WVU’s Industry of the Future—West Virginia program is poised to help rural businesses save money by saving lost energy. Experts use high tech equipment such as a thermal imaging camera that here demonstrates the temperature differences in a poultry house normally kept at around 85 degrees farenheit. The image shows heat losses around the door. The man, at 98.6 degrees farenheit, is clearly the warmest.

The Industrial Assessment Center helps businesses and communities save money by assessing their energy waste. Experts use high tech equipment such as a thermal imaging camera. The image shows heat losses around the door. The man, at 98.6 degrees, is clearly the warmest.

Shepherdstown, W.Va. – Board members of the Historic Shepherdstown Commission are fighting to keep the inside of the Entler Hotel in running condition.

They asked for help from West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection. Officials with the E3 program and West Virginia University’s Industries of the Future-WV visited and inspected the building to find immediate and long-term ways for its owners to cut back on energy costs.

Discussing energy audit results — Dr. Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan (left) and Dr. Ed Crowe (right, Engineering Scientist at West Virginia University) discuss some of the findings of an energy audit of a small business in Fairmont. WVU, Photo by Brian Persinger

Dr. Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan (left) and Dr. Ed Crowe,  WVU engineering scientist, discuss findings on a similar energy audit they did for a small business in Fairmont, W.Va.  Photo by Brian Persinger.

“We always look for lighting. We look for heating regulation and air conditioning,” said Dr. Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan, professor and director of the Industrial Assessment Center at West Virginia University. “We look at how hot water is used, and also generally take a look at all the windows and doors.”

The Historic Shepherdstown Commission will hear back on the assessment in 60 days.

The E3 program is also making stops on Wednesday at the Harpers Ferry Public Library and the Ranson CivicCenter.

More on the WHAG-TV story, plus video.

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CONACT: Dr.Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan; professor and director of the Industrial Assessment Center at West Virginia University
304.293.9434; website

The Industrial Assessment Center is a program of the WVU Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

IOF-WV is a program of the Energy Efficiency Division at the WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy.