New High School in Los Angeles uses solar panels for energy generation and solar shading

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Brooks + Scarpa Architects have successfully completed construction on the Green Dot Animo Leadership High School in Los Angeles which features a rich plethora of clean energy generating and energy conserving systems. The school which is located under the flight path into LAX will provide learning facilities for about 500 students.

The architecture, which was influenced by the New Orleans architects Curtis and Davis, is filled with sustainable light creating a green ambience for the students. Using passive sustainable strategies into the project, the architects have covered the south-facing façade with 650 solar panels that apart from generating about 75 percent of the energy needed for the school also shade the premises and hence reduce the heat-island effect.

The architects estimate that the inclusion of sustainable building strategies will help reduce carbon emissions by over 3 million pounds. With an aim for a LEED certification, the architects have also taken the aesthetics of the building and ambient climatic conditions into consideration. The architecture also features a landscaped courtyard that sits at the heart of the school with multifunctional bleacher terracing.

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