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September 4th, 2018 by Kellie Darbonne, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainability Project Coordinator

Designed by Huckabee, the new 120,000-square-foot elementary school for Fort Bend ISD is located in Richmond, Texas and designed to achieve LEED certified status, utilizing extensive sustainable, durable, and environmentally sound materials.

DBR is proud to have provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, low voltage technology, and LEED Consulting and incorporated engineering design strategies geared towards enhancing efficiency and resilience. Using low-flow and low-flush plumbing fixtures, potable water use was reduced by more than 30%. By utilizing efficient HVAC equipment and having all LED lighting, the elementary school was able to boast an energy cost savings of over 27%.

During construction, this region of the country was hit by Hurricane Harvey. Thankfully, the school was not directly affected and was still able to divert over 85% of the on-site generated construction waste from landfill.

Innovation points were earned with high-albedo roofing, over 35% regional materials, and by utilizing all LED, low-mercury lamps for lighting. Additionally, the project staff have designed and committed to implementing a curriculum which will assist in using the school as a teaching tool to highlight the high-performance features of the building.

by Kellie Darbonne

Kellie Darbonne is a member of the Sustainability Department and has extensive experience in energy modeling and the use of Trane Trace 700 energy modeling software. She works collaboratively with internal design teams and external consultants to identify effective energy efficiency solutions and low carbon measures. Kellie excels at delivering high quality, cost effective, and innovative technical analysis, consistent with the standards of USGBC and Energy Star.