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Kyle Wilson Elementary Saves Environment and Money

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Kyle Wilson Elementary School

Students and taxpayers can celebrate Kyle Wilson Elementary School’s new designation as a certified LEED® building that safeguards the environment while reducing operational expenses.

Opened in August 2017, the elementary school reflects the School Division’s challenge to Moseley Architects to include design strategies to cut water and energy consumption. The building has rain cisterns to capture stormwater runoff for irrigation. Highly reflective roof materials reduce the heat island effect and promote a cooler building with less energy. “Low VOC” paints and adhesives slash the amount of chemicals released into the air; and standard school mechanical systems were reworked for efficiency.

  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures resulted in 30% water savings compared to typical fixtures, saving 269,570 gallons of water per year.
  • Energy saving measures resulted in a 26% energy cost reduction compared to a standard building.
  • During the construction process, 82% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill.
  • Over 20% of building materials are recycled, reducing demand for virgin materials.
  • Over 42% of building materials were sourced regionally, reducing the environmental impact associated with transporting materials over long distances.
  • Over half of all wood products are Forest Stewardship Council-certified, ensuring the wood was harvested using responsible, sustainable forestry practices.

The LEED® designation—for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is awarded after extensive project review, spanning criteria from construction through ongoing operation, by the internationally respected Green Building Certification Institute.

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