Community involvement was very important to the district as it made the decision to pursue LEED Gold status for its new 800-student building. In serving the district’s needs, SHP conducted a wind study and assisted the district in applying for grants for alternative energy sources.
Innovative features include:
- Daylight in every space, views in the classrooms, enhanced air quality and acoustics maximizes educational impact.
- Enhanced Geothermal HVAC, Insulated Concrete Form Walls (ICF) and Domestic Water Heating through dedicated heat pump deliver energy and operational savings.
- The school averages 36.2 kBtu/SF-Year (compared to the 70 kBtu/SF-Year ASHRAE baseline) which makes it one of the most energy efficient schools in the region.
- Rain water harvesting will divert 80,000 gallons of water for fire protection and toilet flushing.
- The new building provides 46% water savings and 46% energy savings.
- The local energy company, DP&L, will be providing a $193,710 rebate to the school for energy efficient design.