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Coventry High School earns Silver LEED certification
COVENTRY — Coventry Local Schools officials announced its new 123,000-square-foot high school has achieved a LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
According to district officials, the rating is a designation under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Schools rating system for sustainable building design and construction.
Construction of the building was funded through a local bond issue and state funds under a program administered by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). All school buildings currently being designed or built with OFCC funds are designed to meet at least LEED Silver Certification, with a goal of meeting the LEED Gold level, said district officials. The Platinum level is the highest and Certified is the lowest in the rating system. This national benchmark for high performing, energy-efficient buildings provides parents, teachers and the community with verification the school has been built to meet a high level of energy and environmental performance, according to district officials.
“We are very proud of this accomplishment and wish to thank our builder C.T. Taylor and the architect firms, GPD of Akron and BSHM out of Youngstown for their guidance and hard work in bringing about the LEED Silver certification,” said Coventry Superintendent Russell Chaboudy. “Our students, community and local environment will all benefit from the design and thoughtful building of our new high school.”
District officials stated potential future operational savings of the new high school include using 37 percent less potable water than a comparably designed facility. The energy efficiency is designed 18 percent better than required standards.
In addition, during construction, over 90 percent of construction waste generated on-site was diverted from landfills, according to district officials. This percentage represents over 492 tons of waste. Also, over 32 percent of the material used contained either pre- or post-consumer recycled materials, and over 48 percent of the products and materials used for the project were extracted, harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site. This contributes to the local and regional economy, district officials added.
According to Lisa Laney, OFCC sustainability manager, Ohio leads the nation in LEED green schools with 415 Ohio schools registered under the LEED for Schools rating system. Coventry High School is the 283rd school to have achieved LEED certification, district officials said.
Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.
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