The Somerset Berkley Regional High School has been awarded a LEED Silver Certification. The school was able to achieve this rating because of the different recycled materials used in constructing the building, using rainwater to flush the toilets, and parking spaces designated for car-pooling and low emitting vehicles.

The Somerset Berkley Regional High School building has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating of silver.

LEED gives ratings of certified, silver, gold and platinum. Plaques are usually displayed in buildings that have LEED certifications or ratings.

Sawyer said SBRHS was given the LEED rating because of its “green” energy features, which include recycled materials used in constructing the building, using rain water to flush the toilets and parking spaces designated for car pooling and low emitting vehicles.

For being a “green” school, the school district gets an extra two percent reimbursement for the cost of the new building project from the Massachusetts School Building Authority. After all of the costs, the MSBA will be paying for about 60 percent of the project which had an estimated cost of $82,383,618 project. The building committee is getting close to closing out the project with just a small amount of work left to do..

Sawyer said green buildings speak to keeping the environment clean and energy efficiency.

Carlos Campos, the supervisor of buildings and grounds for the high school and other schools in town, said the high school has bigger filters than other schools. He said the low-flush toilets were an important feature of the building to get the LEED certification.

One of the requirements for the LEED certification was buying wood from a certified forestry for the building. Sawyer said all of the building materials for the high school also had to be manufactured from within a certain distance of the high school property, so not as much fossil fuel was used to get them to the construction site, under the LEED requirements.

Author: George Austin

Source: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20160326/SPECIAL/160329951/-1/NEBULLETIN

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