By Steve Muzzy

By Steve Muzzy



The Chapter kicked off Green Apple Day of Service 2013 with a tour of Plymouth North High School. More than thirty people attended to witness and learn about this energy efficient and healthy school seeking LEED Gold certification.



Tour guides included Energy Conservation Coordinator for the Plymouth Public Schools Chris Hastings and Troy Randall from Ai3 Architects. We also heard from other design team representatives from Griffith & Vary, Inc., PARE CorporationBirchwood Design, and Andelman & Lelek Engineering. Gary Maestas, Superintendent of Plymouth Public Schools, provided historical context of Plymouth High Schools and shared how the curriculum played a role in the building's design. 
The tour provided an opportunity to understand the many energy conservation measures incorporated such as energy efficient light fixtures, daylighting and occupancy sensors, optimized chiller and boiler plants, heat recovery, and enhanced kitchen hood controls. These features resulted in greater than 23% overall energy savings for the project, with an annual projected savings of 459,000 kWh and 13,600 therms. 
Other sustainability features include:


  • Low flow toilet fixtures
  • Recycled materials
  • Optimum acoustics
  • School as a teaching tool (historic boards, green design boards, sustainable design kiosk)
  • 20,000 gallon rainwater harvesting system
  • Green Vegetated Roof
  • Cool Roof (PVC)
  • Electric Vehicle charging stations
  • On-site renewables – Photovoltaic array on the gymnasium

Many thanks to Troy Randall, Chris Hastings, Gary Maestas and the rest of the design team for their time and knowledge! I also want to thank Kathy Arthur and the Green Schools Committee for putting this terrific tour together. 


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