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Renaissance Academy
5100 Cleveland Street
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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The Renaissance Academy is Virginia Beach City Public Schools' new alternative education center serving students in grades 6-12. It was selected as the 2010 Best Green Institutional Project by the Virginia Sustainable Building Network. Notable building characteristics include:

-- Height: Two-story

-- Construction: Load bearing CMU walls with steel joist floor and roof framing

-- Exterior envelope: Brick veneer, metal wall panel and aluminum curtain wall glazing, classroom
day lighting, and modified bitumen roofing

-- Interior walls: Metal stud with abuse resistant gypsum board

-- Ceilings: Acoustical tile

-- Flooring: Epoxy terrazzo, carpet, ceramic tile

-- HVAC: Water source heat pumps with geothermal wells (no cooling tower or boiler)

-- Plumbing: Roof drains to cistern; cistern water used for toilet flushing; no-flush urinals

-- Certifications: This building earned the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance and was certified Gold under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.


The school includes many unique environmental features. It is the first building in our school division to use rainwater reclamation for toilet flushing. A rainwater collection system collects water from the roof and stores it in a 50,000 gallon cistern so water can be used for flushing toilets. This allows the school to save approximately 3.8 million gallons of treated water per year. A geothermal heat pump (522 wells, each 400 feet deep) was also installed for heating and cooling. This is an efficient means of heating and cooling a building by using ground water.  A portion of the roof -- 16,000 square feet -- is ?green?. Grass planted on a portion of the roof decreases heating and cooling costs and reduces the amount of runoff that is channeled into the city?s storm water system. It also has the potential to last more than 50 years without replacement. Solar collectors are installed on the roof to heat hot water in the school?s kitchen. Daylit spaces are supplemented with dimming ballast electric lighting that have photo sensor and occupancy sensor controls. Lastly, photovoltaic cells installed in the building put electricity back in the electricity grid. This will allow us to actually ?farm? electricity for the electrical company.


The school also includes interactive educational features to teach students about saving energy and protecting the environment. Typically, mechanical rooms are tucked away in a dark corner of our schools. However, the school's mechanical room serves as a teaching tool. Students are able to visibly see how the building operates through a window. There is also an inter-active kiosk installed in the school lobby to enable students and staff to monitor energy consumption.


2010 Stewardship Recognition Award (City of Virginia Beach, City Manager?s Office)

2010 Best Institutional Project (Virginia Sustainable Building Network)

2009 Sustainable Development Honor Award (Virginia Beach Planning Commission)



Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by Virginia Beach City Public Schools 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.

Building Owner:*
Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2011 (83)
2012 (88)
2013 (86)
2014 (87)
2015 (82)
2016 (89)
2017 (78)

Facility Type: K-12 School

Total Floorspace: 284968 sf

Year Constructed: 2010

Contract Type: None

Technologies Used: