Session Spotlight: Green Apple – Green Renovation – Green Research
For the 2012 Green Apple Day of Service, volunteers with the USGBC Orange County chapter provided a renovation of a 4th grade public school classroom at Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa, California. The renovation included new daylighting and electric lighting systems, new displacement ventilation HVAC systems, and all new green finishes. The team also installed energy monitors as well as CO2 and temperature sensors in both the renovated classroom and an adjacent (control) classroom that was not renovated. Since 2012 the team has been evaluating the data and discussing the success of the renovation with teachers and staff at the school. Session A10: Green Apple – Green Renovation – Green Research will highlight some of the surprises and interesting findings from this on-gong project.
Erik Ring, a presenter for Greenbuild session, has strong interest in this topic because “design of high performance and green K12 school facilities is a key market for my company, LPA, an integrated design firm with offices in California and Texas. For 8 years I have lead LPA’s MEP engineering team, working closely with architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and other engineers to optimize the performance of new and renovated school projects.” Ring is a member of the LEED Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and a former member of the Energy and Atmosphere TAG; he is continuously in search of design approaches that balance and optimize energy efficiency and indoor quality.
According to Greenbuild Program Working Group member Dustin Davis, “No matter where we work and live, schools are a big part of our communities. We have all spent time in a school for one reason or another and I think it should be the first place we try to make more sustainable.” Davis says that the side-by-side comparison data collected from this project makes this particular session even more interesting. “Attendees will be able to see an apples to apples comparison between an existing classroom and one updated with LEED features.”
Ring says that there is not nearly enough information available about how school classrooms perform in terms of energy and indoor quality. “As a school facility designer, I am constantly seeking any research and information that will help me to design better schools. Our session focuses on a small project and three years’ worth of energy and IEQ data.”
When you attend this session you will be shown a powerful example of volunteerism within the USGBC community. With the Davis Magnet School green classroom renovation, USGBC-OC volunteers impacted change in one classroom in one school within a community, but with broader ripple impacts to the larger green building community.
Principal at LPA, Inc.
Principal / Director of Engineering at LPA, Inc.