High Performance Buildings

High performance buildings integrate and optimize energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance and occupant productivity. Learn about these high performance building features in the diagram below for King Open Street Upper Schools and Community Complex. 

 

 
 
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  Geothermal Wells   Geothermal wells take advantage of the earth's temperature to naturally assist in the heating and cooling of the building. In the summer the earth absorbs heat from the system and in winter transfers heat to the system.   

Geothermal Wells

Geothermal wells take advantage of the earth's temperature to naturally assist in the heating and cooling of the building. In the summer the earth absorbs heat from the system and in winter transfers heat to the system.

 

  Photovoltaic Shade System   The wall mounted photovoltaics do double duty. They generate renewable energy as well as provide shading to the windows which helps with glare as well as reduces heat gain.

Photovoltaic Shade System

The wall mounted photovoltaics do double duty. They generate renewable energy as well as provide shading to the windows which helps with glare as well as reduces heat gain.

  Rainwater Harvesting   Rainwater harvesting is a way to conserve water. Rainwater is collected from the site and roofs and stored in a tank for use in toilet flushing within the building. This reduces the amount of potable water that is used to operate the building.  

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is a way to conserve water. Rainwater is collected from the site and roofs and stored in a tank for use in toilet flushing within the building. This reduces the amount of potable water that is used to operate the building.
 

  Drought Tolerant Plants   By using plants that are drought tolerant they are able to survive in periods of high heat and/or droughts without the need for irrigation.

Drought Tolerant Plants

By using plants that are drought tolerant they are able to survive in periods of high heat and/or droughts without the need for irrigation.

  Photovoltaic Panels   Photovoltaic panels located on the roofs and facade of the building generate renewable solar energy. The panels produce a min. of 60% of the buildings energy use.      

Photovoltaic Panels

Photovoltaic panels located on the roofs and facade of the building generate renewable solar energy. The panels produce a min. of 60% of the buildings energy use.

 

 

  Subterranean Parking   By locating parking below grade it eliminates hot, impervious surfaces from being located above grade. These surfaces when located above grade produce add to the heat island effect, as well as, create stormwater runoff in stead of allowing water to absorb into the earth.

Subterranean Parking

By locating parking below grade it eliminates hot, impervious surfaces from being located above grade. These surfaces when located above grade produce add to the heat island effect, as well as, create stormwater runoff in stead of allowing water to absorb into the earth.

  Solar Thermal Panels   Solar thermal panels located on the roof use the heat of the sun to produce hot water. This water can be used to provide hot water to sinks and showers as well as heat the pool.   

Solar Thermal Panels

Solar thermal panels located on the roof use the heat of the sun to produce hot water. This water can be used to provide hot water to sinks and showers as well as heat the pool.

 

 
 

 

Building Performance Domains

Resiliency

 

Occupant Engagement