November 7, 2012 (COLUMBUS) A Hamilton County school has become the third education facility in the state to achieve a Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The middle school–high school project in the North College Hill City School District achieved the rating under the USGBC’s LEED for Schools® certification system.
LEED is a comprehensive rating system that focuses on multiple attributes of environmentally-friendly design including energy and water efficiency, sustainable site development, material selection and indoor environmental quality. The USGBC established LEED for market leaders to design and construct buildings that protect and save precious resources while also making good economic sense.
The 198,000 square foot project was funded through a combination of local and state funds under the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) program. OSFC Executive Director Richard Hickman said, “This project was completed within budget, with the full complement of education components incorporated into the building, and it was able to achieve this elite LEED rating.”
Hickman added, “North College Hill Middle-High School is a great example of what can happen when a team embraces integrated project delivery and works together towards constructing an energy-efficient, sustainable and healthy environment for students, teachers and staff.
The North College Hill school district is an urban community where all district education facilities have been consolidated within a single campus, with the physical education facilities separating the age groups. The location of both schools allows for walking and bicycling. The other building on the campus, North College Hill Elementary, recently achieved LEED Gold certification through the USGBC.
The building was designed with an emphasis on significant energy savings with high efficiency HVAC equipment, building orientation, and integrated natural light also known as daylighting. In addition, the school building boasts a solar panel array that will produce approximately 5% of their energy needs.
The building was constructed with products and materials that are environmentally friendly, regionally obtained and contain recycled content. In addition the construction team was able to divert 918 tons of construction waste from the landfill.
The building joins the London Middle School in the London City school district, and Taft Information Technology High School in Cincinnati, as the only public school buildings to achieve the LEED Platinum rating.
NOTE: To view the school’s real-time solar usage statistics, visit http://live.deckmonitoring.com/?id=north_college_hill_photovoltaic_power_system.