The da Vinci School

10909 Midway Road
Dallas, TX 75229

Tour Hours: 10am - 4pm

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When The da Vinci School designed our new facility, we examined every building material as well as the design features to create a healthy building.

The renewable energy features that we have are performing beyond our expectations - it certainly delights us to know that many days we may be generating 80 or 90% of our energy needs from renewables!

 

Renewable energy features

Solar PV

kW 28.8
Installation Date : September 2010
Installer: Installed by SRE/ Gridpoint   http://www.gridpoint.com/solar-overview/solar-energy-systems
Funded with a $70,000 Grant from Green Mountain Energy’s Sun Club http://greenmountainenergysunclub.com/

Equipment

SunTech panels

Wind Turbine

kW 3.2
Installation date: September, 2010
Installer: AirVVin
Equipment: Vertical Axis Turbine

Retail Electric Provider

Green Mountain Energy   http://www.greenmountain.com/

 

Green features:

Solar Hot water

Capacity: 120 gallons   We have limited requirements for hot water.  System probably exceeds needs.
Installation date: August, 2010
Installer: SRE/ Gridpoint
Equipment: EnerWorks  http://enerworks.com/

Rain Water Capture

Installation date:  June, 2010
Installer:  Rainwater Harvesting Systems, Inc. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rainwater-Harvesting-Systems/91498268033

LEED Certified:

GOLD

Passive Solar Design

8 foot overhangs for winter light and summer shade and North-South orientation.

Cool Roof:

White steel, R60 rating in insulation

Electric Vehicle:

Wiring for outlet available once electric vehicles are used by client base.

Low water use landscape:

Native and drought-tolerant plants irrigated by drip lines from rainwater collection system.

CFL or LED lighting:

Yes and T-8 fluorescent

Other:

  • Pervious pavement in parking lot
  • Cork floors and sealed concrete floors in corridors
  • Zero or very low VOC materials throughout
  • Lots of natural light and outside views from every room
  • Operable windows
  • Wood chips on play areas
  • Carefully chosen cleaning products
  • Drinking water filtered

Host Comments

The da Vinci School is a science-based preschool and kindergarten program that has been in operation since 1987. We have operated with an eye to environmental awareness long before it was popular.  When we designed our new facility, we examined every building material as well as the design features to create a healthy building – as free of toxic materials that could pose any health risk to our young students.

In addition, we wanted to play our part in the front end – how many resources does it take to keep this facility operational – as well as how can we use this building as a teaching tool for the students and the community.  This plants the seed of sustainability for the future.  While there are certainly financial benefits, we felt the message that we convey is more important.

The renewable energy features that we have are performing beyond our expectations.  Since we enrolled in Green Mountain Energy’s buyback program, we are able to see that each month we are able to generate more than 100% of our needs on certain days.  This was unexpected and certainly delights us to know that many days we may be generating 80 or 90% of our energy needs from renewables!  Since we enrolled in this program (May, 2012) we have received some amount of  rebate every month.