From the Detroit News:
DETROIT — Two city schools closed this morning due to today’s high heat.
The Detroit School of Arts and the International Academy of Detroit closed about 10 a.m. today because heat that hovered in the 90s made it too hot inside for students, Detroit Public Schools spokeswoman Mattie Majors told The News.
The $121 million Detroit School of Arts earlier this year won an award from the U.S. Green Building Council for the school’s energy and environmental design. It was the first building in the city to win the award.
The council lauded the school for using energy-saving designs and equipment. Examples include trees to provide shade, energy-efficient windows and a highly reflective roof surface. Energy costs dropped 20 percent as a result of the design. But today’s heat and humidity proved too much for the school and the academy.
“There is too much heat,” Majors said. “They can’t bring it down fast enough.”