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Lake Bluff Elementary Achieves Silver LEED

Lake Bluff School District 65 submitted this press release:

Lake Bluff District 65 is pleased to announce that the Lake Bluff Elementary School building has been granted Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The school, which opened in the Fall of 2009, was designed and constructed in accordance with the requirements of Silver LEED certification with an emphasis on environmentally sustainable materials, superior air quality and energy efficiency.

The USGBC awarded the Silver certification based upon several credits that the Lake Bluff school building had achieved:

- Sustainable Site
- Water Efficiency
- Optimized Energy Performance
- Construction Waste Management
- 95% of generated construction waste was saved from the landfill
- Recycled Content
- Used 31% recycled building materials
- Regional Materials
- 27% of building materials sourced from within 500 miles of the construction site
- Indoor Air Quality
- Low Emitting Materials
- Daylight Views
- 95% of the indoor space have direct views to the outside
- Innovation in Design
- School as a Teaching Tool

To help cover the costs of the design, engineering and commissioning of the (LEED) certification, the Lake Bluff School District was awarded a grant of $100,000 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community (ICE) Foundation in December of 2007 and a $75,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) in January 0f 2009.

According to Board of Education member Eric Waggoner “The true measure of success for the environmental sustainability movement is whether energy reduction, pollution control and resource conservation can catch on at a community level. Lake Bluff School District 65 has offered a shining hope for the future of community-based sustainability movements. The District’s plan to build a LEED Silver Certified elementary school, supported by the ICE Community Foundation Grant Award and the additional financial pledge from the DCEO through State Senator Susan Garrett’s efforts, are the direct results of an intensive, 3-year collaborative partnership between District 65 and the Lake Bluff community in the District’s school facility planning process.”

The LEED for Schools Rating System recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools. Based on the LEED for New Construction rating system, it addresses issues such as classroom acoustics, master planning, mold prevention and environmental site assessment. By addressing the uniqueness of school spaces and children’s health issues, LEED for Schools provides a unique, comprehensive tool for schools that wish to build green, with measurable results.



Comments

  1. Eric Grenier says:

    Wow. Everyone should appreciate the significant achievement that is LEED silver certification. It’s not granted just for making the effort or for putting up enough dollars. The U.S. Green Building Council requires that a building be designed from the beginning to conform with specific performance standards and, in the end, that successful results are confirmed; not just once, but everyday in good weather and bad. And the USGBC won’t get snowed.

    The amount of time between the school’s opening in 2009 and now should be an indicator of what it can take to verify that everything is working as it should. But we all asked for a highly specialized building that could be proven to work, and we now have unambiguous proof. We should all feel really good about Lake Bluff for this.

  2. Brian Rener says:

    It was to the school boards credit to have open community involvement in the design of the school after the referendum passed. Many wonderful ideas and input came from residents in those meetings that helped shape the final design of the new school. So many parents and residents came to those meetings, and the school board and its architect did a great job in working with them as they finalized the design.

    From these community collaboration meetings, the Lake Bluff Green Team was formed. This group of parents and residents was focused on making the new school as green a possible and demonstrating performance by achieving LEED certification. The green team held numerous meetings, and worked extensively with the board and their architect to provide education materials, cost benefit justifications, and finally funding through the development of the $100,000 grant to support the modest incremental costs of LEED Silver certification. This is truly an outstanding example of the school board willing to engage with residents for the improved benefit of our teachers, students and community. Thank you to the many members of the Green Team, the past and current school board members, and Susan Garret in achieving this goal.

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