We Are a LEED School
What is LEED? It stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a green building rating system designed to provide a recognized standard for the construction industry to assess the environmental sustainability of building designs.
LEED is a point-based rating system; points are earned for building attributes considered environmentally beneficial. For example, 10% of the building materials must contain recycled content to achieve the recycled content credit.
LEED has 110 points covering seven topic areas. Each topic area has a statement of associated goals. They include:Site Development: minimize storm water run-off, encourage car pooling and bicycling, increase urban density and green spaceWater Efficiency: eliminate site irrigation, reduce water consumption, minimize or treat wastewaterEnergy Efficiency: reduce building energy consumption, use renewable energy, eliminate ozone-depleting chemicals, commission building systemsMaterial Selection: minimize construction waste, re-use existing building façade, use locally recycled and salvaged materials, use renewable construction materialsIndoor Environmental Quality: incorporate daylighting, use low off-emitting materials, provide operable windows and occupant control of work space, improve delivery of ventilation airInnovation in Design: use a LEED Accredited Professional, greatly exceed the requirements of a credit, incorporate innovative environmental features not covered in other areas, develop a green education plan.Regional Priority: target issues of environmental importance based on geographical locations as well as designing and constructing more durable buildings.
Our school was granted LEED status in the fall of 2013. If you would like a tour of our school’s LEED features, please contact us at 403-500-2118 to arrange a time.