GBBNers’ Represent at High Performance Sustainable School Buildings Workshop

Two members of GBBN’s ‘Green Team’ – Marcie Kinney and Andrew Plogsted – attended the High Performance Sustainable School Buildings Workshop held in Louisville. The workshop was assembled by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project and the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, in cooperation with AIA Kentucky.

The focus of the workshop was to highlight some Kentucky schools that have been designed to operate well below the average for the state. Brooks Elementary, in Bullitt County, was a standard school for the local school district but through its use of geothermal, wattstopper lighting controls, ICF walls, and R40 roof insulation it was able to achieve an Energy Star Rating of 93 and operates at 32 KBTU/SF/year, the lowest in the district. This is a great example of how the today's technology can easily combine with a standard design to achieve excellent operational savings.