By Grey Lee
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HMFH Architects Inc., the comprehensive renovation of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) has earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. HMFH's design for the 400,000 s/f high school fulfills the city's ambitious sustainability goals through substantial reductions in energy consumption and water use, significant increases in indoor environmental quality, natural ventilation, and daylighting.
The sustainable design strategy for the three-building complex, which was originally constructed in 1932 and expanded in 1978, includes a chilled beam HVAC system – well-suited for incorporation in existing concrete frame buildings and a rooftop photovoltaic array. These retrofits, coupled with high-efficiency lighting fixtures and daylighting, contribute to the school's net energy savings, lowering the operating costs by more than $335,000 annually; this reduces energy use by more than 1.3 million KWh of electricity and nearly 44,000 therms of natural gas.
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