WESTOVER, MD, July 16, 2020 – Somerset County Public Schools recently announced that the new Somerset County Technical High School has been awarded LEED Gold certification. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence. Through design, construction and operations practices that improve environmental and human health, LEED-certified buildings are helping to make the world more sustainable.
Somerset County Technical High School achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Green buildings allow organizations to operate more sustainably and give the people inside them a healthier, more comfortable space to work. In addition to environmental benefits, the ongoing maintenance and utility costs associated with the building are greatly reduced, resulting in significant cost savings to the school district over time.
The building is extremely energy efficient, featuring a high SRI “cool roof” material and vegetated roof areas to provide additional insulation. Landscaping throughout the site was specifically chosen to eliminate the need for on-site irrigation. The building was constructed using 20% recycled content or materials extracted and manufactured within a 500-mile radius, and over 400 tons of construction waste were diverted from the landfill and recycled, accounting for nearly 75% of the total waste generated during construction. Additionally, building materials were selected for their high-durability and low-maintenance qualities.
Dr. John B. Gaddis, Superintendent of Somerset County Public Schools shared, “We are incredibly proud to have achieved LEED Gold certification for our new technical high school. This building is one of fewer than 50 schools in Maryland to be LEED Gold certified and the only one in Somerset County.”