Verrado High School

Verrado is a 220,000 square foot high school completed in 2006. Located in the Agua Fria Union High School District. Funding totaled $136 million. Verrado is a LEED Silver Certified school.

Green Features include:

  • Metered faucets and waterless urinals
  • High efficiency indirect lighting with occupancy sensors and lighting controls
  • Demand control ventilation
  • Use of local materials such as brick and masonry
  • IAQ feature
Results achieved include:
Water Efficiency: Efficiencies cut water use by roughly 23%.
Energy Efficiency: The school is 28% more energy efficient and savings of $50,000 a year are expected.
Materials and Resources: About 85% of the building materials were found locally in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Indoor Air Quality: The CO2 In the air is being monitored.
Sustainable sites: The school incorporated daylight views into 75% of the site space.
Innovation: The design incorporates a high efficiency central chiller facility with variable speed drives on chilled and hot water pumps.
Savings: Water efficiency savings in both the indoor (23%) and outdoor landscaping usage (50%) is a significant savings for a desert climate.
Benefits: The “green” features of the school is used as a teaching tool. Students are aware of the green building design and features and answer visitors questions about the building.

Advice:
Have staff attend trainings on Green School design and energy efficiency.

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