For Immediate Release 
April 29, 2013

Facilities Commission receives award for "Green" schools

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.

About OFCC

Established in 1997, the Commission is responsible for administration of the state’s school construction and renovation program. The Commission is currently working with, or has completed all necessary work in, nearly two-thirds of the state’s 613 school districts.

On September 10, 2012, the Commission was consolidated with the Office of the State Architect to form the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Ohio School Facilities Commission continues to exist as a separate commission within the new agency, focusing on funding Ohio’s comprehensive K-12 school construction program.


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