BY FERNANDO GALLO //
The Windrush School in El Cerrito opened its new “green” middle school building in September, earning a gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System in the process.
Among the environmentally friendly features the building has are ample skylights, solar panels and insulated concrete forms that eliminate the need to use lumber. The building also does not require a climate control system, saving nearly $16,000 in energy costs every year. Head of school Ilana Kaufman gives us a tour of the building and explains some of its benefits.