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On Sunday, February 22, 2004, The EnergyLab Project received the PSMA(1) Education Award at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA.

The EnergyLab project began several years ago with collaboration between Edward H. Brzezowski, P.E. and Joseph E Grabowski, AIA. It started with the belief that the school building itself could become a learning tool for students.

EnergyLab operates at three different levels, and is an interactive educational system, that allows students to obtain "hands on" experience as they learn about SMET (Science, Math, Engineering & Technology) using the architectural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and information technology operations of a building.

During the design, development, construction, and testing of Level 2 units they worked Joseph Fiorella, a technology teacher, and his students at the Maxson Middle School in Plainfield Public Schools, NJ. The goal was to collaborate with students while building the EnergyLab unit in a garage using basic hand tools and materials and supplies that would be typically found at Home Depot and Radio Shack.

The Level 2 EnergyLab unit fits in the back of a SUV and provides hundreds of "hands on" experiments and demonstrations. For example, using the onboard real-time monitoring and control system students can observe air and waterside radiation, conduction, and convection heat transfer at work. They can compare manual versus automatic control, see visual "wire" programming at work, as well as, variable speed pumping, daylighting, ice storage, thermoelectric heating & cooling, heat loss and heat gain, visible water flow and distribution, electrical energy use, compare various types of lighting systems (Incandescent, Fluorescent, LED, etc.).

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