Cairo American School - Sustainable Building of the School


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  • These statements from the book, Natural Capitalism (and excerpted from the Harvard Business Review ) provide an excellent summary to the principles behind an integrative design approach.
  • These statements from the book, Natural Capitalism (and excerpted from the Harvard Business Review ) provide an excellent summary to the principles behind an integrative design approach.
  • Cairo American School - Sustainable Building of the School

    1. 1. Foundation to Finish Sustainability in Buildings & Programs 1 November 2009
    2. 9. CAC Sustainability Commitments <ul><li>CAC Mission </li></ul><ul><li>… Our mission is to ensure that each student achieves his or her educational and personal potential in a safe environment . We challenge all students to envision new possibilities, empower them to achieve their aspirations, and inspire them to serve a global community and contribute to a sustainable future </li></ul><ul><li>Master Plan Vision </li></ul><ul><li>We envision CAC with a unifying Middle Eastern style to include natural stonework, arches, and grillwork. Environmental sustainability will be featured through high quality building standards and materials. Curricular needs will be accommodated through sufficiently large well-lit learning spaces. The campus will be safe and secure while maintaining its current community feel. </li></ul>
    3. 10. Sustainability at CAC <ul><li>More than protecting environment & energy efficient buildings it combines three closely interlinked elements… </li></ul><ul><li>Place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Master Planning environmental considerations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LEED guidelines used in building design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy & environmental stewardship </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School safety & security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty satisfaction & retention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Earth Month & Green Team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science projects </li></ul></ul>
    4. 11. CAC Green Team An Organic, Bottom Up Approach <ul><li>Established in 2003 by environmentally involved faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty/staff & parents continued involved </li></ul><ul><li>Groups extended to MS & HS student groups </li></ul><ul><li>Originally supported by a CAC Academic Innovation Grant </li></ul><ul><li>Launched campus wide recycling program </li></ul><ul><li>Working to eliminate plastic water bottles on campus with installation of “Water Oasis.” </li></ul><ul><li>Continually searching for opportunities for CAC to contribute to a sustainable future. </li></ul>
    5. 12. Extension of Sustainability at CAC <ul><li>Parent Organization Grants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UV sun screening projects (tents, umbrellas, pergolas) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Class Gift Choices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solar clock </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Water oasis bottle fillers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Service Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Boy Scout projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus tree mapping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Playground construction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student Gifts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Solar panels </li></ul></ul>
    6. 13. CAC Green Team
    7. 14. CAC Green Team
    8. 15. CAC Green Team
    9. 16. CAC Green Team
    10. 17. <ul><ul><li>(LEED) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rating system based on accepted energy & environmental principles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assesses unique nature of school design & construction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits of Green design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design Using LEED </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal certification process including use of certified consultants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design guidelines used as design & construction criteria </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Categories </li></ul><ul><li>Site Development </li></ul><ul><li>Water Efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Energy & Atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Materials & Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Indoor Environmental Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation & Design Process </li></ul>
    11. 18. Integrative Design Mantra
    12. 19. Integrative Design Mantra
    13. 20. CAC & LEED <ul><ul><li>Design Path chosen by CAC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use LEED as a design tool & guidelines for new building development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use LEED certified professionals for design development and review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply LEED scoring as green evaluation tool – Gold rating target </li></ul></ul>
    14. 21. CAC’s Application of LEED Guidelines <ul><li>Project Design & Construction </li></ul><ul><li>Site Redevelopment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rebuilding on existing site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bikes, buses, & metro available in area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Site plan increased open space 5% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared use of facility as community center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Roofs and open spaces designed to reduce heat island effect </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Water Efficiency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Water efficient landscape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gray water system to use for irrigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play pump designed to have kids pump irrigation water from well using merry-go-round </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trickle irrigation systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low water use plumbing fixtures </li></ul></ul>
    15. 22. Application of LEED Guidelines at CAC <ul><li>Project Design & Construction continued </li></ul><ul><li>Energy & Atmosphere </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High energy performance requirement for construction materials & quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solar panels installed for daytime supply </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RO water system & high efficiency drinking fountains </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central AC plant with multiple speed cooling towers & high efficiency refrigerant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High efficiency hand dryers , time controlled drinking fountains, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commissioning program to maintain mechanical systems peak performance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Materials & Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus wide recycling of paper, plastic, batteries, & printer cartridges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recycle & reuse of multiple materials from demolished buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction shuttering materials reused floor to floor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate construction scraps screened & used for backfill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Predominant quantity of local Egyptian materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trees cleared for new site relocated in landscape plan or sawn for wood details in new buildings </li></ul></ul>
    16. 23. Application of LEED Guidelines at CAC <ul><li>Project Design & Construction continued </li></ul><ul><li>Indoor Environmental Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather sealed classrooms with filtered ventilation air </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classrooms designed for low reverberation rates & good acoustics to help with learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All grade level classrooms with significant day-lighting and views of campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom lighting controlled by sensors for occupancy & brightness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exterior walls insulated with expanded foam and air spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finish materials chosen for low emission & reduced carpet in classrooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smoking free campus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Innovation & Design Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LEED accredited architects used for Master Plan & building design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School works as a teaching tool with solar clocks, outdoor classrooms, exposed & labeled building components, description of design & materials, distance/elevation markers, Egyptian Tortoise project, solar panel production panel, solar hot water projects, & on… </li></ul></ul>
    17. 24. - Natural cooling from prevailing wind - Sun screening in gathering and circulation spaces - Adaptive use of existing buildings - Preservation of green spaces encouraged - Alternative transportation - Quality Construction for reduced energy consumption
    18. 27. CAC Sustainable Facilities <ul><ul><li>Initiatives began in 2006 – Maintenance, Transportation, Housing & Janitorial. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Started with a whole campus safety audit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Safety training program started </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment safety audit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plumbing fixture assessment for water conservation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Driver training program started </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fleet converting to light, sun reflective colors (from burgundy to off white) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exploring the conversion of fleet to natural gas </li></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 28. CAC Sustainable Facilities, cont. <ul><ul><li>Janitorial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Standards for agents used in cleaning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Standards for materials used for pest control & landscape spraying </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Campus wide AC usage procedures (timing and temperature) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Double Pane windows installed to reduce energy consumption and improve sound proofing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local sourcing of all furniture and renovation materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly operational manager meetings include sustainability as a standing topic. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 29. Measure/Report/Manage/Control <ul><li>Measurable Outcomes: </li></ul><ul><li>Water usage </li></ul><ul><li>Energy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electricity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Gas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gasoline/Diesel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Waste generation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>recyclables </li></ul></ul>
    21. 30. Financial Sustainability <ul><li>What does a financially sustainable organization look like? </li></ul><ul><li>Income </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tuition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Summer Camp </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Earned Interest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rentals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Busing, Dining, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    22. 31. CAC Middle School and Middle School and High School Library
    23. 32. Resources & Links <ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>US Green Building Council website </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Sidwell Friends School has the first LEED Platinum school building in the US </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Lovett School’s sustainability program website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Case studies from Building Minds, Minding Buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Citations on Education Clearinghouse Resource List for Sustainability </li></ul></ul>