INSIGHT

LEAF Engineers share their expertise in the field.

Ready to Return? Campus Assessments Prepare California Schools to Reopen Safely

By: Brian Hood (Senior Vice President) For months now, the dilemma of whether the threat of the novel coronavirus outweighs the setbacks many are experiencing with remote learning has been difficult to reconcile. Overall, most districts will be providing students with the option to return to in-person learning sometime this fall and in preparation, have...

Regular HVAC Maintenance Creates Long-Term Savings

By: Rex Wang (Director, Ontario) As COVID-19 has permeated daily life and conversation for the better part of a year, the importance of indoor air quality and the role it plays in promoting wellness has been a topic of national importance, particularly in regard to opening schools for and the return to in-person learning. Since...

Up to the Challenge: New Killeen High School Aligns with Global Sustainability Initiative

By: Sean Elliston (Director, Sustainability) Killeen ISD High School #6 was designed with the future in mind.  Featuring flexible learning spaces to accommodate personalized teaching and instruction, and CTE labs in which students will earn credits toward professional certifications, the school will complement innovations in education for generations to come. And those are just the...

Retro-Commissioning: A Facility Tune-Up That Pays for Itself

By: Mark Madorsky (President) Q: What does “retro-commissioning” mean? A: In the context of LEAF’s proven energy efficiency program, retro-commissioning means tuning up an existing building’s HVAC and lighting controls system performance to lower the utility bills. Q: What is involved? A: The basic steps include: • Benchmarking of current utility costs across the district...

Back to School Basics: Best Practices for HVAC System Start-Up Procedures

LEAF Engineers has developed this checklist as a document to provide operations, and maintenance strategies to help in the fight against COVID-19 and other respiratory infections and offer practical application advice considering recent CDC and other national publications by health experts. Indoor environmental conditions, especially those directly affected by mechanical ventilation, are extremely critical for...

Building Well Whitepaper

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the normalcy of daily life has been upended, it is safe to expect that even when social activity resumes, "normal" experiences and interactions will be altered for years to come, if not permanently. Similarly, the hyper-focus on health and wellness of the past several months will undoubtedly...

Local Gifted and Talented Seniors Have Opportunity to Shine

As the global Coronavirus pandemic cancels so many year-end milestones and celebrations for students across the country, Fort Bend ISD is proud to announce that seniors enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Mentorship program will have the opportunity to present their research in a unique virtual showcase.

Conroe ISD’s Next School Will Be Solar Powered

In a first for the Conroe Independent School District, Stockton Junior High School will feature two solar panel fields that will be used to energize the building when it opens in August of 2020. At a CISD board meeting on Sept. 16, Easy Foster, director of planning and construction for the district, gave the board...