Monday, April 30, 2012

Michigan LEED-Certified School Features LED Lighting

Michigan LEED-Certified School Features LED Lighting

I don’t know of many schools that are LEED certified, let alone LEED Gold certified.  But one area of my home state is now host to three, yes three such schools.  They’re in the Kalamazoo-Portage area and are the only ones in the state.

The latest school is the WoodsEdge Learning Center.  The center has been awarded the LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, DC and is the first special education facility in the country to receive the designation.

The school was awarded WoodsEdge points in five categories, including water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design process.

WoodsEdge has many sustainable features, spotlighted by dimmable LED lighting that is programmable.  It’s not only energy efficient, but can be adjusted for children who are sensitive to light or at quiet times.  Like all LEDs I talked about to this point, they turn on and off without delay or flicker – which can negatively affect autistic students.

The 117,708-square-foot building opened in the fall of 2010 serves students, ages 3 to 26, with severe cognitive and physical disabilities.

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