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09/30/2011

First NJ Public School to Earn a Top Green-Building Score

A public school in Sayreville, NJ that serves 175 students with autism and multiple disabilities, has received the top certification by a national green-building organization.

The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum level certification–the highest of four LEED Certification levels developed by theU.S. Green Building Council.

The facility, designed by USA Architects of Somerville, NJ and constructed at a cost of $23 million, opened in 2009.

It offers 24 classrooms, as well as physical therapy, gymnasium, and aquatics space, which will also be used by Sayreville’s Brain Injured Children’s Swim program.

In addition to its LEED-standard design features, with an emphasis on energy performance, the school includes an interior garden and nature trail that weaves through the 28-acre site.

LEED conservation features at CLL range from recycling of rainwater, control flow meters on appliances, white roofs to reduce heating and cooling costs, and drought tolerant landscaping such as wildflowers.

Additionally, waste management during the building process itself, including separating asphalt, beverage containers, concrete, drywall and plastic into separate recycling containers, was another important environmentally friendly factor.

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