Douglas Elementary School Awarded Prestigious LEED® Silver Green Building Certification

DiNisco Design is pleased to announce the Douglas Elementary School in Douglas, MA, has been awarded LEED® Silver certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is a prominent program for buildings that are designed, constructed, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. The City of Douglas’ active participation in the design process demonstrates its strong commitment to environmental sustainability.

The new 83,000 SF school successfully maximized north/south orientation of the classrooms. This afforded the most usable and controllable natural daylighting of these spaces, which is beneficial from an indoor environmental standpoint, and through the use of daylighting controls of the classroom lighting system, the building will realize significant electrical energy savings.

“We are honored to receive the LEED Silver Certification for the Douglas Elementary School,” said Donna DiNisco, president of DiNisco Design. “We strive to build sustainable, high performance, green schools. Partnering with our team of consultants, we’re excited that we were able to achieve this goal.” This project was completed in collaboration with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). The MSBA partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally appropriate, flexible, sustainable, and cost-effective public school facilities.

“The work of innovative building projects such as Douglas Elementary School is a fundamental driving force in transforming the way buildings are built, designed, and operated,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “Buildings that achieve LEED certification are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment, and reducing operating costs while prioritizing sustainable practices. We are increasing the number of green buildings and getting closer to USGBC’s goal to outpace conventional buildings, while being environmentally and socially responsible and improving the quality of life for generations to come.”

DiNisco Design achieved LEED Silver certification for the Douglas Elementary School by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance for the building. Water efficient landscaping, parking capacity, and preservation of open space are a few of the reasons why the project scored well on the LEED Scorecard, specifically in the water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and sustainable sites categories.