Tafline Laylin

Bright and Airy LEED Platinum School Commons in California Has No Walls!

by , 04/02/12
filed under: Architecture, green roof

Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, LEED, Platinum, Ross, California, Photovoltaic Panels, sustainable development, Branson School, green design, sustainable design, eco-design

Designed as an experiment in sustainability and a model for future programs, this LEED Platinum school commons in California has absolutely no solid walls. Located north of San Francisco in a residential community called Ross, the breezy 7,550 square facility designed by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects is situated in the center of Branson School’s campus and is fronted by an enviable terrace and garden where students enjoy nature-centered outdoor learning.



Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, LEED, Platinum, Ross, California, Photovoltaic Panels, sustainable development, Branson School, green design, sustainable design, eco-design

The entire gabled building is flanked by green-roofed supports that manage rainwater runoff and provide insulation, and benefitfrom its sunny southern exposure. Without doors to cut off air flow or sunlight, which is only possible because of the region’s mild climate, the students commons is both naturally lit and ventilated, which slashes its overall energy load. Rooftop photovoltaic panels capture solar energy and recycled concrete aggregate reinforces the school for concrete beams.

A large and interactive LUCID screen documents the energy savings and other data resulting from this incredible project, and the information is being used in environmental science classes. In fact the whole project was a study in conscientious, sustainable design, and will continue to be used as a teaching tool for current and future (lucky!) students.

+ Turnbill Griffin Haesloop Architects

Via ECO-WAN

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  1. r_krebs April 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Tafline Laylin, interesting school project and it seems perfect for the San Francisco climate. Wonder how those glass was would do in upper Michigan, or down in Florida? Also note that the building uses radiant heating. Was that achieved by plastic PEX piping through the flooring? It works wonders: see more at http://www.greenbuildingsolutions.org/Main-Menu/Home/Modern-Materials-Archive/Piping–Water-Management.aspx

    Rob Krebs
    American Chemistry Council
    http://www.facebook.com/greenbuildingsolutions

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