Illinois names first green school
Darien, IL— Illinois now
has its first certifiably green school. Southwest suburban Bolingbrook
High School (BHS), in Valley View School District 365U.
It recently became the first
public school in the state, and the third high school nationwide,
to be become LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
BHS, which opened in 2004, was
designed and constructed by Wight & Company according to LEED
principles and criteria for environmentally friendly sustainable
Examples of LEED-driven strategies
that resulted in “savings of the green” included:
•70 percent of the building
materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the site eliminating
the need for long-distance transportation costs.
•4708 tons or 62% of all site-generated construction waste
was recycled rather than sent to landfills.
•At least 75 percent of the value of the specified building
materials contained recycled content, including its structural
steel, ceiling and floor tiles, acoustical panels, carpet, sports
flooring and building insulation.
•Sophisticated lighting controls combined with a design
that optimized the use of natural light is targeted to reduce
energy consumption and operating costs by 25-30 percent.
•Bolingbrook High School is projected to save 360,000
gallons of water each year by collecting and re-using condensation
from the air handling system instead of letting it go down the
•An ENERGY STAR white PVC roof with high reflectance reduces
the heat islands that can cause the temperature of surrounding
areas to increase by 10 degrees.