Michael J. Homer Science and Student Life Center, Atherton, CA, USAWhat is the LEED Certification?
Michael J. Homer Science & Student Life Center, Atherton, CA, USA
Nowadays more and more schools tend to meet the standards of sustainable design. Homer Science and Student Life Center in Atherton, California, is a vivid example of how nature and science can unify, create an environment for students and provide perfect educational opportunities. The main mission of the designing team was to show the impact of nature on everyday activities of life. Established in 1898, the school occupies 4100 square meters (or 44,100 square feet) and features smart systems of water reclamation, waste management and natural ventilation which provide thermal comfort in all the corners of the construction. In 2007 the building earned LEED Platinum certification for Schools. Energy use is reduced by 69%, water use – by 50%. The building was designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and is mainly built of steel, concrete and red brick. The extraordinary rain garden and the living roof not only represent the native drought-tolerant plants of the territory but also, together with passive sun shading and an energy-efficient lighting system, keep the building warm without need of extra heating and cooling.
By Astghik Atabekyan, www.building.am