Alpharetta High School
3595 Webb Bridge Road
Alpharetta, GA 30005
Alpharetta High School exemplifies a well-designed and constructed building that is operated in a conscientious manner. Alpharetta is one of seven high performance high schools that have opened in Fulton County School System since 1996. The foundation for Alpharetta's outstanding energy performance is a building design that incorporates best practices in all building systems, ranging from building envelope to lighting to heating ventilation, air conditioning, and controls. The building designers, Perkins+Will Architects, in partnership with Spurlock and Associates, are committed to adopting proven, cost-effective energy efficiency strategies. The efficient building systems are further assisted by the sustainable manner in which the school staff operates the buildings. Lights are turned off in unoccupied areas and HVAC systems are only operated when required for building activities.
Alpharetta High School is the top-rated school of 41 school buildings in Fulton County School System to earn the ENERGY STAR in 2008. This remarkable commitment to energy efficiency applies to both new and existing buildings. In addition to building efficient new schools such as Alpharetta High School, Fulton County School System has renovated several schools using funding from a Special Local Option Sales Tax. The renovations have incorporated many of the same best practices applied to the new schools, including technologies such as high efficiency water source heat pumps, high efficiency boilers, variable volume pumping, desiccant-based energy recovery units for outside air supplies, variable volume air supply systems, occupancy sensors, day-lighting, and reflective roof surfaces. In 2000, the school system completed a system-wide lighting retrofit that converted all fluorescent lighting from magnetically ballasted T-12 lamps to high efficiency electronically ballasted T-8 lamps and replaced most of the incandescent lighting with T-8 or compact fluorescent lamps.
Fulton County Schools is committed to good stewardship of natural resources and the taxpayers funding through the operation of efficient buildings while maintaining high levels of building occupant comfort.
-- Interview for the local county TV channel.
-- School news release during National Energy Awareness month highlighting the school.
-- Highlighted during the Superintendent's report.
-- Presentation of the ENERGY STAR plaque to the school.
"Alpharetta High School was designed to qualify for LEED accreditation, but the school system chose not to conduct the prerequisite commissioning that would have enabled the building to achieve LEED accreditation. However, the school's robust Building Automation System assisted the school system's facilities services staff in achieving some level of initial commissioning and provides for ongoing monitoring of conditions and operations of many of the most energy-intensive systems in the school."
-- Joseph Clements, Executive Director, Facilities Services
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Fulton County Board of Education or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
Fulton County Board of Education
Fulton County Board of Education
Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
Facility Type: K-12 School
Total Floorspace: 335535 sf
Year Constructed: 2004
Contract Type: None
|Stage 3-Load Reductions|
|Stage 4-Fan Systems|
|Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant|
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