The green space in front of the middle school prevents the heat island effect. The heat island effect is caused when heat is trapped in the concrete. Planting plants such as trees can help prevent the heat island effect. There are trees all around the green space in front of the middle school.
Drought Tolerant plants can live through the hottest weather and only need a little bit of water to thrive. They help the Lovett School become more sustainable because they use little to no water, so they reduce the amount of water we use. There are many types of drought tolerant plants. A few of them are Agave, Wallflower, Cacti, and Sage.
The Portman Family Middle School was built to be a Net Zero building. It was the first LEED Gold certified middle school in the nation. This means it produces renewable energy. Some ways the Middle School saves energy is argon filled windows, solar panels, low flow faucets, LED lighting, and bamboo flooring. These are some examples of how the Lovett Middle School is was a Net Zero Building.
Argon Filled Windows insulate Lovett. These windows help keep us warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They help our school become more sustainable because the windows reflect the energy back to the source in the summer and absorb heat in the winter. This lowers heating and cooling bills.
Why are buildings like the Portman Family Middle school necessary for the health of the planet?
The Portman Family Middle School is necessary for the health of the planet because it is reduces energy, recycles material, and limits pollution. It was built to be a Net Zero Building. It is the first LEED building. This means it is self-supporting and it has a renewable energy production. The Middle School has drought tolerant plants, argon filled windows, and solar panels. This is how the Portman Family Middle School is necessary for the health of the planet.