Environmentally Responsible Building

Energy efficiency and environmental responsibility are important to District 30, and it is our intention to build our new middle school with both of these conditions in mind.  The new school will be built to the current building codes and will employ green philosophies.  In fact, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) principals are now embedded into building and school codes.  Energy efficiency, high air quality, low water usage, and other concerns will be part of the design of Maple School.

As the chart below indicates, the current standards used to build the new Maple School will demand efficency levels that are 30% lower than those that were in place in 2006.  Increased insulation, high-efficiency mechanicals and low VOC materials will also be standard in the construction of the new building.

Some other examples of the new baseline requirements for our new school include the following:

  • Lighting systems the incorporate automatic controls to minimize waste.
  • Lighting power density for schools has now been reduced from 1.4 watts / sq. ft to less than 0.9 watts.
  • HVAC systems must incorporate variable speed fan systems for 5 HP and greater motors.
  • HVAC air handling systems must incorporate energy recovery for systems greater than 5000 CFM
  • Commissioning of all building systems to ensure that the systems operate with energy efficiency.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

District 30 has investigated implementing geothermal heating and cooling systems in the new school and it has been determined that, due to the limited footprint of Maple School, that geothermal systems would not work.  Although green roofs and solar power will not be built into our design, our architects will seek any available grants to pursue green roofs, solar power, etc.

Green Certifications

The District 30 Board of Education considered three possible green certifications:

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification:
  • Green Globes Certification
  • Energy Star Certification

The Board of Education supports green design, which current school code demands, and District 30 will pursue every available grant for other energy efficiencies like solar power. However, due to the cost of these certifications, District 30 is designing for the ability to pursue Energy Star Certification, which would be completed after the project.