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School first to get gold LEED
ASPEN, Colo. – Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification has been awarded to the Aspen Middle School. It is believed to be the first school in Colorado to get the gold certification, the third highest of four certifications in the LEED program.
To get this certification, explains The Aspen Times, the building has been designed to use 50 per cent less energy than its predecessor. This is predicted to save $200,000 in energy costs each year. The one-time upfront costs were calculated at $590,000, or about 2 per cent of the total construction cost of $23.5 million.
The new school has lights that turn off automatically when people aren’t in the room, and it also has solar collectors.
A non-profit, the Gore Range Science School, is reported to be planning a campus in Avon that would achieve a platinum LEED certification. Platinum is the highest level.
Dead tree kills logger
GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Foresters have been warning that beetle-killed wood will become ever more dangerous, now that up to 90 per cent of lodgepole pine trees in parts of Colorado have died. Dead trees, after all, have a way of falling over, and the root systems for lodgepole pine are particularly shallow.
Recently, that’s what happened near Grand Lake. Logging contractor Kevin Pellini, 43, was near his truck when wind pushed over a tree, causing massive head injuries.
“It just fell over,” Grand County Coroner Brenda Bock told the Middle Park Times. “The dead tree’s root system was so shallow that it didn’t take much for it to fall over.”
Historic preservation is aim
OURAY, Colo. – Ouray County commissioners are considering adoption of restrictions on the size of houses and other structures built on former mining properties. With mining from the 1870s continuing for a century, the county now has 1,200 such properties located in the San Juan Mountains, explains The Ouray Watch. County Commissioner Keith Meinert said the purpose of the proposed regulations is to preserve the historic character of the mining districts.
Mining company staying the course