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Bethel Celebrates Valley’s First LEED School Building

Willamette students Jessie Gerlach and Kim Troung had the honor of revealing the LEED plaque in the lobby of the Science/Office building.

This is a first. Willamette High School’s new Science/Office building is the first K-12 public school building in the Willamette Valley to earn official LEED status.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council, and is used worldwide to evaluate the environmental performance and sustainable designs of buildings.

The LEED plaque was officially unveiled Friday in the office lobby in front of students, staff and some local dignitaries.

Some fun facts about the new Science/Office building include:

  • To help control the glare of the sun as it orients west, angled accent walls were designed to capture light from the south into the science labs and at the same time block the low angle west sun.
  • 5% of construction waste was diverted from landfills by recycling or salvaging, including waste from the demolished existing building.
  • The roof reduces the heat-island effect with a high solar reflective index (SRI) of 93.
  • Light pollution reduction from the building was achieved that helps reduce sky glow and light trespass.
  • 31% overall water use reduction achieved
  • 26% improvement of overall building energy was achieved
  • The rooftop solar panels produce 29,700 kWh per year, the equivalent of the energy used by 2.5 households annually.
  • Multi-stage switching and dimming provides controllability of lighting systems.
  • Installed materials contain 12% recycled content.
  • Low-emitting materials (low VOC) were used for adhesives, paints, flooring, and furniture.

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