April 29, 2013 (COLUMBUS) The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) has been honored for its work in building energy efficient and environmentally-friendly school buildings.
The U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC), Center for Green Schools, presented the Commission with a Recognition of Excellence award commemorating the 50+ OFCC-funded buildings certified under the USGBC’s LEED® for Schools program. The Center commends the OFCC for its leadership in ensuring healthy, efficient and safe schools for the students of Ohio.
The award was presented at the USGBC Central Ohio Chapter’s Design Columbus Conference held at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) on April 15, 2013.
The award was presented by Dr. Chris Pyke, Vice President of Research at the USGBC, keynote speaker at the Design Columbus conference. The award was accepted by Lisa Laney, OFCC Sustainability Administrator, on behalf of the Commission.
Since September, 2007, the Commission has required all buildings funded through OSFC programs to be designed using LEED® design criteria. Specifically, the Commission wants project teams to focus on energy efficiencies in order to help offset future operating costs.
The LEED criteria reflect a points-based system used to rank schools (or buildings) at various levels of sustainability. Those levels include Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The OFCC requires that the design of each project seek Silver certification at a minimum with a goal of achieving Gold.
The Commission is the recognized national leader in sustainable design, with 302 total schools either registered or certified through the USGBC’s LEED® rating system. According to the USGBC’s website, the closest “competitor,” which is California, has 201 schools either pursuing or having received LEED certification. Currently the OFCC has 69 schools having achieved certification including three (3) Platinum certifications, 31 Gold, 34 Silver, and one (1) Certified.