The Fred J. Jaindl Elementary School is certified Silver under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program administered by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Listed below is a summary of outstanding “green” energy conservation initiatives that are housed within the building,
- Five computer stations per classroom, most of which are virtualized desktop appliances using only 1 watt of power (as compared to the traditional 110 watts for a traditional computer).
- A geothermal heat pump system uses the heat storage capacity of the earth to extract heat from the ground and efficiently heat the building in winter. During the warmer months, the system will operate in reverse to remove heat from the building and store it in the earth.
- A roof surface that reflects most of the heat and light falling on it, reducing the heat gained by the building, and making it more economical to cool the building in the warmer months.
- A bike rack and showers encourage people to bike to work.
- Preferred parking spaces for fuel efficient vehicles.
- Rain bio gardens in the middle of the parking lots help manage stormwater.
- Low flow/highly efficient plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption by 20%.
- Light sensors and large windows reduce electricity costs and improve student concentration and performance.
- Adjustable blinds and windows reduce glare and improve the efficiency of the heating and cooling system.
- A custom portal displays real-time energy usage at Jaindl and provides green energy tips for students via flat screen TVs throughout the building.
- 95% of construction waste was effectively recycled and the design utilized regionally manufactured recycled materials where appropriate.
LEED Schools are cost effective to build. Somewhat higher initial costs are offset by lower utility and water bills beginning immediately, saving taxpayers operational costs over the long term. These savings can add up. In fact, the average LEED school saves about $100,000 in direct savings per year.