EI Associates, a leading architectural and engineering firm, proudly presented to the Hatboro-Horsham School District, the Board of Education, administration, faculty, students, and the community their newly earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certification for the new Hallowell Elementary School. Daniel Bierzonski, AIA, Senior Vice President of EI Associates, was on hand to present the LEED® plaque and certificate to a Board Representative of the District.
High Performance Building Meets LEED Gold Certification
The new Hallowell Elementary School was designed by EI Associates after it was determined by the Board of Education that the existing facility should be replaced due to age, condition, and demographic location. The Hallowell Elementary School was designed to be a high performance building meeting LEED® Gold Certification standards by incorporating materials and systems that require minimal energy use. The new facility showcases sustainable features such as natural daylighting elements to reduce energy costs and glazing to maintain visual connection to the surrounding environment, use of low-emitting materials to promote healthy indoor air quality, high-efficiency lighting and mechanical systems to increase overall energy efficiency, recycled materials used for overall building components, specialized refrigerant management to minimize damage to the ozone layer and lessen contributions to global warming, water-efficient landscaping reducing potable water consumption and protecting watersheds, the use of regional materials to stimulate local economy and reduce fuel consumption to transport materials long distances, and efficient low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water usage by 20%.
Award Winning Planning & Design
The Hatboro-Horsham School District was awarded an Alternative and Clean Energy grant in the amount of two million dollars from the Department of Community and Economic Development under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). In addition, the new Hallowell Elementary School was awarded overall Green School of the Year for 2017 given by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)® and was also awarded the 2018 Montgomery Award for Excellence in Planning and Design.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is a green building certification program used worldwide. The program uses a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings aimed at helping building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently. The Hallowell Elementary School documented and achieved 67 points, which correspond to the Gold Certification under LEED® 2009 Schools rating system.