Thanks in part to its new energy-efficient HVAC equipment provided by HTS Texas, award-winning Walnut Bend Elementary School in Houston, Texas is setting the standard in “green” school construction.
The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) recognized this innovation by granting the 80,000-square-foot school five separate awards in the categories of Value, Process of Planning, Design, Innovation and Sustainability. Houston Independent School District selected the school as its case study for potentially incorporating LEED design into all future projects.
HTS Texas worked closely with VLK Architects, Marshall Engineering and Drymalla Construction to provide an HVAC system that not only would enable the school to become LEED certified, but also save energy costs in the process. The HTS Texas team provided Daikin Air-Handling Units supplying 150,000 cubic-feet-per-minute (CFM) of indoor and outdoor airflow and 18,000 CFM of Semco Energy-Recovery Units.
“Our goal is always to provide the most energy-efficient, cost-effective heating and cooling equipment on the market,” said Clay Condrey, HTS Texas project manager. “But it is especially rewarding for us when our efforts contribute to national certification and statewide awards for the long-standing clients we serve.”
For its pioneering steps in sustainable design, Walnut Bend Elementary School was featured in the Exhibit of School Architecture at the annual TASA/TASB convention in Dallas.