Project Haiti

Immediately following the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, USGBC’s former president, CEO and founding chair, Rick Fedrizzi, appealed to USGBC’s members to support the immediate rescue and relief efforts of the William J. Clinton Foundation.

Prior to the 2010 earthquake, UNICEF estimated that there were approximately 380,000 orphans in Haiti, with the earthquake doubling that staggering number.

William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center

Fondation Enfant Jesus (FEJ) is the proud recipient of this historic and innovative building thanks to the generosity of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center (WJCCC) was completed in 2018 after many years of planning and construction. The 7,500 square foot facility operates off the grid as the first LEED-certified building of its type in Haiti. The building, in 2019, achieved LEED Platinum certification under the LEED v4 rating system and is WELL Certified. In addition to the new location for administrative offices, it will provide shelter and advanced medical care for infants and HIV-positive children.

“It’s been an incredible experience working on the Children’s Center. Our goal was to show that LEED applies everywhere in the world, including the poorest nations. Our hope is that the Children’s Center will inspire how buildings are built in Haiti and other developing countries.” Al Skodowski, Rivion Principal and former Chair of the USGBC Board

Due to Haiti’s lack of infrastructure, the main goal during the design of the center was to make the structure fully self-sufficient, generating adequate power for its needs, and collecting and processing all rainwater and well water for its occupants. The electrical system is designed to be self‐sufficient by making use of solar and a backup on‐site electrical generator. The systems will work in sync to provide power to the building, with enough solar to power the building during the day and charge batteries for nighttime operation. While the well and rainwater is fully filtered and treated with UV lighting for the entire building, a reverse osmosis is installed to provide the purest water for cooking and drinking with refillable water coolers located throughout the site.

The climate is tropical and there is no heating load, cooling is rare in Haiti, with most people relying on natural ventilation. The concrete frame and plaster – lath make for a thermally efficient envelope. To further reduce solar loading from the envelope, the exterior is shaded by a latticework of hand milled wood on all elevations.

The building is up and running and is producing more energy than it uses. With the trade winds, high ceilings, windows and louvers ceiling fans the building is very comfortable even on the hottest of days. The building has by far the cleanest drinking water in the entire country, has a natural septic system, and is built to withstand the most serious of disasters and remain fully operational

Rivion team members along with many other consultants and major manufacturers contributed to the design and completion of the center and we thank them for their time, talents and treasures.

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