The renovation of the Global Communications Academy in Hartford presented many opportunities to improve the environmental and energy performance of the building.
This existing building was renovated to house a new International Baccalaureate World School curriculum in Hartford, CT. The building program will contain kindergarten through twelfth grades.
Atelier Ten evaluated the impact of insulating the façade and glazing types that would ensure a reduction in infiltration while also creating a comfortable environment for the students and faculty. Additionally, reduced lighting, space heating, cooling, and ventilation energy in the building is estimated to be 35% lower in annual energy use and 29.1% lower in annual energy cost compared to a minimally compliant ASHRAE 90.1-2007 building.
The school is also on track to comply with the requirements of Connecticut High Performance Building Guidelines, which mandates a minimum energy cost savings of 21% compared with a building that meets the minimum requirements of ASHRAE 90.1-2004 and to meeting LEED for Schools Gold Certification.