Conn. school achieves LEED first for state

Conn. school achieves LEED first for state

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The Norwalk campus of Winston Preparatory School has become the first non-residential building in Connecticut to receive a platinum certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The school, which opened in 2007, was presented with the award for the environmental architecture and engineering of its building at 57 West Rocks Road, reports The Hour.

Winston Preparatory, which started in New York City, serves students with specific learning disorders, with several campuses in the tri-state area.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings in the country, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily.

Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project receives one of four LEED rating levels: certified, silver, gold and platinum.

LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient, meaning they use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money in the long run by cutting down energy expenses. Winston Prep is only the 15th building in Connecticut to receive platinum status, officials said.

“Connecticut is consistently one of the most energy efficient states in the nation,” said state Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk. “And the work you do here at Winston Prep will translate into what you can do in your own life in your own home, to set an example for others. To take the initiative and get to that platinum level is really important for the state and for the city of Norwalk.”


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