Municipal and School Buildings

Sustainable buildings feature environmentally responsible and resource-efficient choices throughout a building’s life cycle. Among the guiding principles are integrated design (linking architecture, structural engineering, optimized energy performance, and life cycle planning), water conservation, enhanced indoor air quality, low-environmental-impact materials, and assessment of climate change risks. Such standards promote fiscal responsibility, protect occupant health and productivity, and demonstrate environmental stewardship.

Achievements to Date

  • Riverfield and Stratfield School renovations designed to CT High Performance Building Standards featuring daylight harvesting, energy recovery ventilator, dedicated outdoor air system, rooftop solar panels, and an EV charging station
  • Four schools (Ludlowe HS, Warde HS, Mill Hill & Riverfield) feature “white roofing” to reflect solar heat and reduce air conditioning loads
  • Municipal and school buildings use low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) building materials to reduce “off gassing” that can damage air quality, human health, productivity and the environment

Challenges Ahead

  • Many Town and school facilities are situated within the 100-year flood plain and may be subject to increased flooding
  • Municipal construction projects are often compromised by “value engineering;” long-term savings opportunities are sacrificed for short-term budget constraints

Benefits of sustainable buildings

  • Save money on utility costs by reducing energy and water consumption
  • Improve student/employee health and reduce absences
  • Enhance student performance and employee productivity
  • Using natural resources more efficiently lowers environmental impact
  • Create a positive example for local residents and businesses
Reflective White Roof and Rooftop Solar Array at Fairfield Ludlowe High School

2030 Plan Goals*

  • All new construction or $10M+ renovations in Town buildings follow CT High Performance Building standards (or similar verification systems such as LEED)
  • Maintain electricity, heating fuel and water data for Town buildings in Portfolio Manager software to help achieve 20% reduction in usage for each
  • Use life cycle cost-benefit analyses; adopt all energy technologies with payback of <5 years and strongly encourage those with payback of 5-10 years
  • Include educational signs, kiosks, or learning labs in all green municipal and school buildings to encourage residents and businesses to adopt sustainable building practices
  • Submit all major municipal or school facilities to LEED Gold or equivalent standards, net-zero energy import from utilities and use rainwater/grey water for 50% of needs

*Some goals are ambitious and may need more time to achieve target participation rates; others can be achieved sooner. Work on all goals should begin as soon as possible.

How Do We Reach Our Goals?

  • Incorporate sustainable standards into long range plans for Town facilities
  • Adopt system-wide plans to conserve water with new technologies and behavioral changes
  • Increase public and business awareness of sustainable building concepts
  • Install a voice for sustainability: SFTF member on all building committees
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Town of Fairfield Clean Energy Action Plan
CT High Performance Building Manual
U.S. Green Building Council
Collaborative for High Performance Schools
Low Impact Development
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