August 22nd, 2012

McEbright Community Learning Center Earns LEED Silver Certification

Hasenstab is happy to announce that Akron Public Schools’ McEbright Community Learning Center, a building the firm designed, has achieved LEED Silver Certification.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) system, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizes buildings designed, constructed, and operated with the environment in mind. Points are earned for use of sustainable materials, energy-efficient systems, low-impact site planning, and a variety of other criteria.

Sustainable design elements incorporated in the McEbright Community Learning Center included:
• Geo-thermal system – 100 wells
• Waterless urinals
• Low flow toilets and sinks
• Motion sensors to control lights
• Building materials with greater than 20% recycled content
• Building materials incorporating greater than 25% local material content
• Diverter greater than 80% construction waste diverted from land fills
• Ample natural light by incorporating many large windows and by incorporating skylights
• All interior finishes contain low amounts of VOC
• Occupants have individual control of lighting, heating and ventilation
• Operable windows in all classrooms for ventilation
• All classrooms designed for optimal acoustical performance
• Teachers provided with voice assist amplification and Smart Boards
• More than 90% of the occupants have direct view to the exterior
• Indigenous and drought resistant plants provided to greatly reduce watering requirements
• Ample insulation with spray insulation in cavities and gaps to conserve heating and cooling requirements
• Triple glazed windows with encapsulated blinds reduce heat loss and control solar heat.