Charles H. Kim Elementary School is the first model high-performance school for the Los Angeles Unified School District and incorporates more than 35 specific green measures that enhance building and student performance. As a showcase school for the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) program, the school earned 46 CHPS points, surpassing the minimum ASSOCIATED FIRMGreenWorks StudioCAPACITY804COST PER SQ FT$200.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio by 60 percent.
The elementary school excels in energy performance, achieving energy savings 33 percent greater than the state of California’s Title 24 requirements. It demonstrates good daylighting design; window areas are sized to offer ample daylight to all classrooms while protecting against unwanted direct solar gain. Classrooms are designed to reduce noise from exterior sources and mechanical systems, and to optimize acoustical balance in the room. Low-emitting materials throughout the building reduce potential exposure to unhealthful chemicals, and ventilation is designed to provide high-quality air.
The site is small because of the density of the area, and the building footprint was kept to a minimum to allow green space. Play areas and ample trees assist in reducing heat-island effects around the building and within the neighborhood.