Public Elementary School First In California to Achieve LEED(R) Certification With Latest Energy Saving Technology

Apr 18, 2007, 01:00 ET from Arxx Walls & Foundations

    SAN JOSE, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Los Paseos
 Elementary School, in a joint project with the Morgan Hill Unified School
 District and the City of San Jose has achieved Leadership in Energy and
 Environmental Design (LEED(R)) certification for their energy saving multi-
 purpose building. The building is the first Elementary School building in
 California to achieve a LEED(R) rating. The project was successful in
 attaining LEED Certification by receiving 29 points total in the six
 categories of: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere,
 Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation Design
 Process. The school achieved substantial savings over Title 24 (the energy
 code benchmark for the state) that will result in energy savings of 25% per
     It was constructed with Arxx insulated concrete forms, known in the
 industry as ICFs (, an increasingly popular energy-saving
 building technology that replaces wood framing with specially insulated
 polystyrene forms and poured-in-place concrete.
     LEED(R) is the Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S.
 Green Building Council (USGBC), which provides a list of guidelines for
 environmentally sustainable construction.
     Charles Weston, AIA, LEED A.P. and Lesley Miles, AIA of Weston Miles
 Architects Inc., specified insulated concrete for the exterior walls of the
 new building to obtain LEED(R) points in the six categories. Arxx received
 the nod due to unparalleled code approvals and development of comprehensive
 testing data necessary to gain stringent State of California Division of
 State Architect (DSA) approvals. This sustainable and green build
 construction project was managed by TBI Inc, with structural engineering by
 Duquette Engineering and installation by Insulated Concrete Form Contractor
 Jim Deering of Advanced Building Technologies.
     Although Arxx wall systems had been approved and specified on two
 previous DSA projects, the Oakland DSA office required third party testing
 on two mock- up walls prior to construction. Dynamic Consultants Inc. of
 Mountain View, CA, provided a 31- page report on the Arxx mock-up walls.
 The report showed excellent consolidation and impressive concrete core
 strengths taken from the wall. An average of 6,700 PSI was attained on 3000
 PSI mix design. "I am a believer having seen the Arxx forms in action,"
 stated Clifford Craig, the Registered Engineer who performed the testing.
     On site special inspection service is provided by Stewart Inspection
 Services. Chuck Stewart, who has also become a fan said, "I wasn't sure at
 first, but now after seeing it perform, I will be the first to tell
 anybody. This is a better way to build." For more information contact
 Weston Miles Architects, Inc. at 408-779-6686. Or call Arxx Walls &
 Foundations at 1-800- 293-3210 or visit

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