The newly constructed wing of BVSD’s Education Center was recognized recently for its energy-efficient design. It is one of 14 buildings nationwide to be awarded a Novel 40 award--at least a 40% improvement over the building code minimum requirements by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as part of its Building Envelope Campaign. The building envelope, or exterior shell, accounts for about 30% of energy consumed and is key to comfort and natural light. Since the building will be with us for decades, the effort and dollars spent on the envelope are a good investment. The new building was constructed as part of the 2014 Bond Program. Learn more about energy efficiency and green building in the Bond program at bond.bvsd.org/green-building.