Karpinski Engineering Provides Design for Ohio’s 100th LEED Certified Public School

Monroe Central High School -- a Karpinski Engineering mechanical, electrical and plumbing design project -- has been named the 100th LEED-certified public school in the State of Ohio. Buckeyes are fond of sustainability: Ohio is recognized as a leader in sustainable school design with more than 300 schools registered or certified through USGBC's LEED program.
We’ve provided engineering design for seven of the first 100 LEED certified public schools in Ohio. Six of the schools are LEED Silver certified, and one school is LEED certified.
Jim MacMillan, our Director of Sustainability, worked on all seven of the schools. “Controlling the first costs while maximizing energy efficiency” is the most challenging part of designing a LEED certified school, according to Jim. With more than 60 projects LEED certified, registered or in progress, our sustainability department is ready to take on any LEED challenges.
Each of the seven schools reduces not only water and energy usage but also operating costs. The schools we worked on are estimated to save an average of 35.2% a year on operating costs.

On average, the buildings are also estimated to reduce water use by 37.9% and energy use by 33.9%.

Schools funded by the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) have been required to seek LEED Silver certification since 2007, but achieving the LEED certification requires dedication from the owner, architect, and engineer. The LEED rating system allows facilities to earn points based off sustainable design elements including efficient energy and water use, sustainable site development, material selection, and indoor environmental quality.
A list of all Ohio LEED schools can be found on the Green Building Information Gateway website. If you’re looking for more information on KE’s LEED services, let us know!

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