• As much of existing structures and landscaping as possible will be retained to reduce the need for new construction.
• New landscaping will be low water use native trees and plants. New landscape irrigation will use an efficient drip system.
• Landscaping will be incorporated into parking lots to minimize their contribution to the urban heat island.
• Concrete surface in the north courtyard will be reduced and replaced with landscaping including shade trees to minimize heat reflected into adjacent classrooms.
• The new lobby is located so that is will be shaded from afternoon summer sun by the existing high sanctuary building
• Windows in the preschool and sanctuary were replaced with dual pane windows and doors with anodized aluminum frames. Windows and doors in the 1965 annex will also be replaced with new energy efficient windows and doors.
• New roof and wall construction will be well insulated
• New roofing will be reflective to minimize heat absorption
• New lobby will have wide shade canopies and shade panels to reduce solar heat gain.
• New lobby windows are located to reduce the need for artificial lighting
• New air conditioning and lighting will be energy efficient
ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION
• Cast in place concrete foundations and concealed concrete slabs will incorporate 40% fly ash.
• Recycled steel will be used.
• Natural copper will be used instead of zinc coated products using regionally available materials.
• Cast countertops incorporate recycled glass fragments.
• Use of recycled wood/sorghum for doorframe trim and baseboards.
• Floor tile is made from recycled rubber. Carpet and carpet tiles include recycled materials.
• Plumbing fixtures include waterless urinals and low water use toilets.
• Building design will allow for future installation of active solar panels.
• Construction waste will be recycled as much as possible.
• Usable doors and windows removed will be made available to Habitat for Humanity.