GE Award for Environmental Design

The Award for Environmental Design gives special recognition to those projects that minimize the use of energy, maximize the use of daylighting, control light pollution, and ensure system durability and maintainability. 

Any project submitted to the GE Edison Awards program may be considered for an Award for Environmental Design. These designs, should demonstrate effective energy conservation, successfully integrate daylighting, ensure system durability and maintainability, control light pollution, or include other sustainability measures and innovative techniques and technologies that minimize impact on the environment.

The new Redding School for the Arts, designated for kindergarten through eighth grade, also is designed for community use, including a 400-seat amphitheater. The project is LEED Platinum® certified and qualifies as a near Net Zero building, using roof-mounted photovoltaic panels and wind turbines as the renewable energy sources.

The exterior entry of the school is illuminated with sconces and bollards with GE Triple Biax® compact fluorescent lamps, as well as LED wallwashing of the rammed earth wall. Typical classroom lighting is provided by a direct-indirect T8 fluorescent lighting system, controlled by vacancy sensors, daylight sensors and manual dimmers. All classrooms have north facing windows to provide cool, glare-free daylighting and view. Non-conditioned floor level corridors are daylighted using stretched waterproof fabric. When needed at night, the fabric is up-lighted from a continuous cove of GE T8 High Lumen fluorescent lamps. Lighting systems are controlled by a digital lighting control system. An average lighting power density of less than 0.10 watts/square foot is maintained.

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