Stevenson High School’s East Building addition has earned the highest level in a new ratings system recognizing the effective use of green roofs and walls.
The Washington, D.C.-based Green Infrastructure Foundation has given a Platinum rating to Stevenson based on its new Living Architecture Performance Tool. The LAPT is a rating system and best-practice guide with a goal of certifying that green roofs and walls are planned to achieve certain measurable and replicable performance benefits.
Providing performance benchmarks will increase the efficacy of living infrastructure and bolster industry-wide credibility, according to the foundation. The group sees a twofold benefit to the ratings system: Designers, building owners, and maintenance professionals can use the tool to optimize the range of benefits possible from their projects, while policy makers can also use the tool to maximize public benefits and create effective policies for living architecture.
The foundation recognized three projects for being designed, installed and maintained for high performance and maximum benefit:
- Platinum: Stevenson High School East Building addition - Wight and Company, Omni Ecosystems and Nedlaw Living Walls
- Gold: Carroll Rooftop Farm (Chicago) – Omni Ecosystems
- Silver: Harvard Business School McArthur/McCollum Building (Boston) – Recover Green Roofs, Omni Ecosystems
The projects will be profiled at the Grey to Green Conference, which will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Silver Spring, Md. Project representatives will outline how each project met the requirements of the LAPT, and how the green roofs and walls of each project were part of a holistic, integrated system designed for maximum performance.
Development of the tool is being led by Lois Vitt Sale and David Yocca, who were deeply involved in the development, early adoption, and promotion of other high-performance rating systems such as LEED and SITES.
“This tool can help to ensure that green roofs and walls are integrated into projects in ways that maximize their value and performance benefits. Now their beauty can be more than leaf deep,” Sale said.