Coventry High School (Akron, Ohio) has earned LEED Silver Certification. The school, which opened for the 2016-17 school year, includes classrooms, two gyms, music rooms, computer labs, art rooms and a rooftop patio for art class, and a cafeteria that can be converted to a 600-seat auditorium. The architectural design incorporates a wave motif, a tribute to the nearby Portage Lakes.
KE services: Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Design
LEED version: LEED BD+C: Schools v3 - LEED 2009
Building size: 125,000 SF
Construction cost: $24.8 million
Energy savings: Projected 34% energy savings
Water savings: Projected 37% reduction
Why it works: For heating and cooling, Coventry High School uses air handling units with demand control ventilation, as well as high efficiency chillers and condensing boilers. The pumps and air handling fans were provided with variable frequency drives. LED lighting technology provides a projected 44.8% energy savings for interior lighting and 84% energy savings for exterior lighting. The building envelope features a high performance curtain wall and windows.
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a program of the U.S. Green Building Council that promotes sustainable building design. Through the LEED program, buildings are evaluated on measures such as energy-efficient building systems, water efficiency, sustainable site strategies, and sustainable building materials. A building can be awarded one of four certification levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum (the highest).
Karpinski Engineering’s contributions to a building’s LEED certification typically impact its energy and water use – through efficient electrical, lighting, HVAC, and plumbing design.
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