21 April 2016

Projects Awarded LEED Gold and LEED Silver

KHA is proud to announce that the renovation of The Spence School in New York City has been awarded LEED Gold, and Sangha House at Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Tremper, New York, has been awarded LEED Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The renovation of The Spence School’s main buildings and an adjacent townhouse provided new energy- and water-saving systems for this urban campus. Noisy and inefficient window air conditioning units in individual classrooms were replaced by a chilled beam heating and cooling system, optimizing energy efficiency and vastly improving room acoustics for students and teachers. In addition, this independent K-12 girls’ school extended its commitment to sustainable practice by creating two new rooftop learning terraces for their science curriculum.

Sangha House, a new communal and performing arts building on a 230-acre Zen Buddhist monastery and training center in New York’s Catskill Mountains, is built with native timber and local bluestone. The 8,500-square-foot building receives a minimum of 50% of its energy needs from solar panels on the roof and uses natural ventilation for cooling. The site is within the Ashokan watershed which provides drinking water for New York City and Hudson Valley residents. Careful attention was paid to underground storm water detention to decrease turbidity in the nearby Esopus Creek, which feeds the Ashokan Reservoir.

Achievement of LEED certification is an internationally recognized mark of excellence for the implementation of strategies and solutions aimed at high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.



The Spence School Atrium & Zen Mountain Monastery Sangh House

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