Rainwater feeds fire sprinklers
It's rainwater to the rescue if fire sprinkler is needed at Missouri middle school.
If the new Peculiar, Mo.-based Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School ever has a fire, rainwater will spray from the ceiling. That rainwater for the sprinkler system will be captured by a "butterfly roof." Some water will irrigate the grounds.
According to a Kansas City Star article , it's likely the first middle school in Missouri to be U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver certified. Recycled materials are being used in construction of the $33 million building-and coming from a regional boundary to cut down on transportation costs.
The plan also calls for geothermal heating and cooling, bioswales, some solar power, a windmill, and retention pond.
It is set to open in fall 2010.
Read a recent Consulting-Specifying Engineer article about gray water codes .
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey