Richard J. Elementary is a Net-Zero energy campus, with the energy models projecting energy usage for the whole building at 18.3 kBTU/sqft/year.
Our campus is LEED Gold Certified from USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council). Some of the sustainable features in the building include:
A very efficient building envelope with R-24 exterior walls and an R-30 roof with majority of the roof being highly reflective.
A geothermal HVAC system.
LED light fixtures.
Efficient plumbing fixtures.
1096, Photovoltaic (Solar) Panels on roof equating to 358,392W DC STC and generating just over 519,000 kWh per year.
2,750W Wind Turbine used as an educational tool.
Compact efficient plan that allows majority of the spaces in the project to be day lit with windows and/or skylights and have views to the outside.
A 20,000 gallon underground tank for rainwater collection to be used to flush plumbing urinals and toilets and a 10,000 gallon aboveground tank for irrigation and serving as an educational tool.
Highly durable local and recycled materials.
Sustainable educational tools which include:
Digital interactive informational display system of building’s energy use, renewable energy generation and water consumption.
Outdoor lab with experiment tables and planter boxes for gardening.
Educational opportunities in landscape include rainwater tank with level gauge, native gardening opportunities, a human sun dial, wind turbine and solar panel learning station.
95% of the project team members including architects, engineers and construction managers for the Richard J Lee Elementary School were LEED accredited professionals and have experience with designing very high performing, energy efficient buildings.