In December 2013 Montgomery High School’s Library/ Media Center was awarded LEED Platinum Certification by the US Green Building Council, receiving 59/78 points on the LEED BD+C: Schools Scorecard.Montgomery High School’s new Library/ Media Center and classroom building is a “beacon of knowledge.” serving as a metaphor for the light of learning, for dispelling the dark of ignorance, and for lighting the way into a bright future for every student.
Set adjacent to a new, vibrant student gathering space and fronting the school’s public face, the new building integrates technology to promote research and learning. Learn More about Montgomery High School's transformation here.
Every effort was made to use non-petroleum-based, recyclable material. The building’s placement maximizes north daylight by its east-west orientation. Other design elements include the use of exterior horizontal aluminum shade louvers for day lighting and glare control. Powered roller shades in the library offer more day lighting. Roof top photovoltaic panels generate 12.5% of the building’s energy requirements. Solar tubular light monitors use daylight for interior classroom walls while photo sensor controls monitor energy efficiency and light pollution.
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