School of International Service Building
The new School of International Service (SIS), located on the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues, incorporates green building principles in myriad ways, and is expected to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The 70,000-square foot building was designed by architect William McDonough, renown for sustainable design and his "cradle-to cradle" philosophy for recycling and reusing building materials.
Green features of the building include:
- a 33 kilowatt solar array is expected to produce 33,000 kWh of electricity;
- a passive solar air heating system warms up air brought in from outside, reducing the need for heating;
- a 60,000-gallon cistern collects rainwater for flushing toilets;
- energy efficient LED lights on Washington Standard lamp posts in the parking garage provide better and more consistent lighting, making the parking garage and walkways safer, while saving significant energy;
- paint, furniture, and carpets are low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compounds, i.e. air pollution), making indoor air safer and healthier;
- panels on the exterior walls contain sections of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion map, which provides a more accurate portrayal of the relative proportions of continents than the traditional Mercator projection in which the global North appears to dominate the global South.;
- two rain gardens, one on each far end of the building, are designed to clean and slow storm water runoff in order to protect the Chesapeake Bay.
- a solar hot water system on the roof preheats water for bathrooms and a coffee shop;
- an indoor atrium and multiple sky lights provide natural daylight to indoor spaces, enhancing the well-being of the building occupants;
- sun shades on every window help prevent solar heat gain in the building, thereby reducing the need for heating and cooling.
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