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The high heat value of the plant's treated wastewater gave the economic edge to electric space conditioning, the major driver critical to the sale of the all-electric combination of space conditioning, lighting and modernization. With this head start in a heat source furnished by the "bath water" of the thousands of homes in the community, we were able to recommend a system of heat recovery refrigeration cycles that would provide space conditioning at a fraction of the cost of natural gas. The all-electric recommendation was accepted because it offered substantially lower operating costs and its concept matched the state-of- the-art theme of the project and was developed with the full cooperation of the consultant. The final design, a state-of-the-art sludge dewatering system, resulted in a project with a space heating system having an operating cost one-third that of natural gas, four times more efficient than commonly used systems, and a lighting system equal to or exceeding IES standards. In all respects, the "Filter Press Building" exemplifies the ultimate all-electric application.
Bush, W. M. (1986). Filter Press Building. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from