AMP earns Green Building Award
The North East ISD Agriscience Magnet Program (AMP) facility received 1st Place Award recognition for the 2012 Best Green Building Project in the State of Texas (K -12 Category) at an awards ceremony held Thursday, Oct. 11 at the AMD Campus in Austin.
As part of the 2007 bond, NEISD renovated the AMP campus, making it a one-of-a-kind, multi-use, state-of-the-art complex. One unique feature, is that they now have a 22-acre applied science laboratory. The renovated facilities were also built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Many energy-efficient LEED principals were incorporated into the building design, such as but not limited to a green ‘living’ roof for the horticulture program, solar hot water and radiant heated floor to keep livestock warm during colder months, and more.
To earn its ‘green’ title, recycled material and other energy-efficient measures were used in the design elements of the facility. For example, building materials that were processed and manufactured regionally were used, which led to a reduction in transportation costs and CO2 emissions. The building was also designed as a teaching tool, where photovoltaic and wind turbine energy-generating systems were introduced. Natural daylight sensors adjust the amount of artificial light needed. The facility incorporated a rainwater and HVAC condensate collection cistern where captured water will be used for irrigation purposes, as well as water efficient landscaping design.
Posted on October 11, 2012