Franco Architects has long recognized the need for buildings to be energy efficient both from a cost savings and an environmental standpoint. Our schools always incorporate a standard set of green features including:
- Large windows and/or skylights for access to natural light in classrooms
- Drought tolerant landscaping
- Irrigation systems that include seri bubblers, Smart Dial Control system, and rain sensors
- Highly reflective roofs when possible
- Energy efficient lighting
- Local HVAC Controls and units for each classroom
- Motion/daylight sensors in occupied spaces
- Low flow restroom fixtures & metered faucets
- Finishes with recycled content
Specialty Green Features:
On a number of recent projects we have had the opportunity to install/propose special green features including:
- "Living" green walls that both visually enhance the exterior as well as shade window openings and cool building facades. These walls are typically constructed of wire screening material planted with a variety of perennial vines.
- Green Roofs which are planted roofs that help alleviate the heating/cooling costs for the buildings as well as visually enhance roofs visible from second level spaces.
- Solar panels when the budget permits. We have incorporated solar panel arrays which directly contribute to the school's energy needs.