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BUILDING PERFORMANCE

Sustainable Lessons

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="23828" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="23827" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] By Jeff Harder [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] The public schools of Lake Mills are becoming high-performance centers of learning. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] About 35 miles east of Wisconsin’s state capital is Lake Mills—quintessential suburbia with a gazebo-adorned town center, a weekly farmer’s market, and the rural neighborliness of Anytown, USA. But until recently, its Eisenhower-era Prospect Elementary School was an eye-sore in the community: a rambling collection of brick buildings with boarded-up windows, lights casting a headache-inducing yellow, buckets to capture rain pouring through a leaky roof, and mildew growing in storage rooms. “Every classroom I walked into smelled damp and stale,” says Theresa Lehman, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP, a LEED Fellow, LEED faculty member, and director of sustainable services for Wisconsin’s Miron Construction—the firm responsible for building a new school for the community. Bad air quality and poor ventilation led to increases in allergies and absences among students and staff, and lack of daylight and poor acoustics made it a difficult place to teach and learn. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="23831" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Theresa Lehman, LEED AP, LEED Fellow, LEED faculty member,...

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