Thompson School District is committed to energy efficiency and sustainable design with High Plains School (HPS). HPS employed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Schools green building rating system to guide design, ensure sustainability practices are incorporated, and to verify achievements. The LEED rating system is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It addresses facility design considerations for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selections and indoor environmental quality. The LEED for Schools Rating System was designed specifically for school buildings.
HPS is targeting LEED Gold certification and is being tracked throughout design and construction. This is the second highest certification level possible. Energy efficiency and sustainable design objectives have been identified and incorporated into the design of the facility. Unique features of the design that contribute to the sustainable goals include extensive natural daylighting through high performance glazing, a ground-source heat pump heating and cooling system, 100% LED lighting, a highly insulated building envelope, white and vegetated roof areas, and the use of low VOC and locally manufactured materials.