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Posted at 2:33 a.m., Monday, May 14, 2007

Waipahu Intermediate's 'green design' earns award

Advertiser Staff

Waipahu Intermediate School's energy-efficient cafeteria is being recognized today by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The ceremony, where the Department of Education is awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)certification, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. at the school with several dignitaries participating and joining Waipahu students for lunch in the cafeteria after the program.

Waipahu's $5.8 million cafeteria, completed in 2006, is being lauded in part because its environmental features inlcude 100 percent daylighting of the dining area, 15 percent reduction in annual energy consumption, 65 percent reduction in irrigation water consumption, and effective natural ventilation.

It was constructed using locally manufactured materials with recycled content, and 88 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills, a DOE news release stated.