Education in Eagle County goes green |

Education in Eagle County goes green

Matt Terrell
Vail Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Every classroom in the new Battle Mountain High School will be lit by the sun.

There will be plenty of lightbulbs in the school, for sure, but they’ll be an afterthought. In the main hallway, which runs the entire length of the school and is lined with large windows, it’s likely you won’t need to turn on a single lightbulb until sunset, says John Fuentes, an architect with H + L Architecture.

It will hard be to find a spot in the school that doesn’t have a view of the outdoors, but even in rooms without windows, so called “solar tubing” will redirect and reflect sunlight to the students, Fuentes says.

This dependence on natural daylight is one of many ways Battle Mountain is being built with the environment, energy efficiency and sustainability in mind.

The school district considered having Battle Mountain certified through Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design, known ad LEED, but decided that the certification process was too expensive.

Instead, the school district is using the LEED checklist ” which outlines what must be done to meet certification ” as a guide. The school distinct will end up having a building that, with or without certification, will be sustainable, Fuentes said.

“You could spend tens of thousands of dollars to get the plaque ” we’d rather put the money where it’s useful, and that’s in the building itself,” Fuentes said.

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