School Project Breaks LEED Record

By: Setty & Associates
FAIRFAX, Va. - March 4, 2015 - PRLog -- The U.S. Green Building Council has just awarded Washington, DC's new Dunbar High School—designed by a joint venture between Setty & Associates (MEP/FP Engineers), Perkins Eastman Architects, and SK&A Structural Engineers—an unprecedented 91 LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits under LEED BD+C: Schools v3 (2009), qualifying it for LEED Platinum certification and breaking the previous LEED for Schools record by 5 credits.  The largest portion of these earned credits came from LEED category EAC1 (Optimization of Energy Performance), in which the new building's design earned an impressive 18 of 19 possible points, indicating that the School, opened in 2013, is projected to save from 46% to 48% in energy costs when compared with a baseline building complaint with ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007.

Dunbar's energy savings are being accomplished through an array of innovative energy conservation measures, including an 850 ton geothermal well field (DC's largest), a 500 kW solar panel array, radiant floor heating, an advanced lighting system controlled by occupancy sensors and timers, and a 40,000 gallon rainwater harvesting system.  Ongoing energy use is being monitored by New City Energy and tracked through the District's Build Smart DC website—

About Setty
Setty is a multi-disciplinary design engineering firm offering high-quality Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Commissioning, and Energy services.  Headquartered in Fairfax, VA and with additional offices in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, New York City, and Mysore, India, Setty has been helping to deliver high performing buildings in the D.C. metro area and around world for the past 30 years.

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