Energy efficient New Boston School achieves LEED Silver certification
[New Boston, OH] – Some materials distributors told the Legat Kingscott team that using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) for the distinctive design of New Boston School was not possible. The team, however, knew that ICFs had helped many homes and “big box” retail stores maximize energy savings and indoor environment quality.
The team silenced the naysayers with an ICF shell that not only fits New Boston School’s non-symmetric window pattern, but also doubles the R-value (i.e., insulating power) of a standard masonry cavity wall.
This inventive solution has helped the school achieve LEED for Schools Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification recognizes buildings that “save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants.”
Following are a few additional sustainable highlights of New Boston School:
- Skylights and windows bring natural light to spaces throughout the school.
- An energy efficient water-source heat pump HVAC system further reduces energy costs.
- The vast majority of exterior materials were extracted, harvested, and manufactured well within a hundred miles of the site.
- White roofs deflect heat to reduce energy consumption and keep the site cool.
- Hearty native plants are easily maintained and strong enough to withstand flooding (the school is located in a floodplain).
The New Boston School consolidates four outdated schools into one 83,500-square-foot building that houses 425 students.