What does it take to beat LEED Platinum standards by three points, as scored by the U.S. Green Building Council? Students at Delaware Technical Community College campus in Georgetown, Delaware, will have the opportunity to learn all about it via The Energy House, the school’s new residential-style learning facility.
LEED scoring awards points based on its distinct categories of green design, which include water conservation, sustainable siting, and energy use. The Energy House, built by Emory Hill and Company, achieved 103 such points — three more than required for the program’s highest level of green certification.
Green features of the Energy House include stormwater management and irrigation systems; solar electricity; efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems; and flooring made from renewable resources. The facility will serve as a teaching laboratory where DelTech students will learn about green building and alternative energy systems.
The project is now complete, except for one final detail: the installation of an on-site windmill, slated for July. Final project certification is expected for late July or early August of this year.