BVSD has made an organizational commitment to sustainability through policy and our Sustainability Management System (SMS). Goals set in the SMS establish measurable benchmarks for our efforts to protect student and staff health; conserve energy, water and other natural resources; and reduce waste, pollution and environmental degradation. The work described in the Educational Facilities Master Plan provides significant opportunity to advance the district towards these goals through the design and operation of our school buildings.
To support our design partners to help us build more innovative and sustainable schools, we've developed Green Building Guiding Principles and updated our technical specifications to reflect our sustainability values. New construction will use the LEED rating system to guide design and strive to achieve a gold standard.
BVSD's Sustainable Energy Plan sets ambitious goals for reducing energy use and controlling costs long term. Energy efficiency is a priority focus of the sustainability work outlined in the master plan.
Energy modeling of our initial set of projects predicts a 62 percent improvement in energy efficiency. See more on the BVSD Energy website.
New construction will strive to be zero net energy (ZNE) or zero net energy capable (ZNEC). A zero net energy building produces as much energy through renewable sources as it uses. ZNEC buildings are designed to be as energy efficient as possible and to allow for the future installation of renewable energy generators such as wind turbines or photovoltaic panels.
Materials and Waste Reduction
BVSD's Green Building Guiding Principles and the LEED system call for diverting construction waste from landfills through recycling and reuse. In addition, materials used in the renovations and new construction will contain recycled or renewable materials and will be recyclable as well as low VOC and non-toxic.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Efforts to improve ventilation systems and use non-toxic materials will benefit indoor air quality and overall comfort for building occupants. Hand in hand with the bond work to improve indoor air quality, the district is working with the University of Tulsa Indoor Air Program to undertake a district-wide indoor air quality program as described in the EPA's Tools for Schools kit.