Despite the humid climate and lack of financial incentives, the American South is a hotbed of zero energy school construction.
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As environmentally friendly features become a mainstay of commercial property, learn what it takes to excel at selling and leasing green space.
"Energy conservation presents a compelling and rich opportunity for K-12 schools. Historically, energy expenses in schools have been treated as relatively fixed and inevitable, flowing steadily in the background as administrators concentrated on urgent needs and programmatic priorities. There is growing awareness, however, that a focus on energy use in schools yields an array of important rewards in concert with educational excellence and a healthful learning environment. And there is new interest in behavior-based initiatives through which faculty, staff and students can be significant players in changing a school’s energy profile."
"This year’s winning projects act as revolutionary models for a variety of challenging building types."
Brief introduction to zero energy buildings (2 minute video).
A guide to stakeholder engagement and messaging for zero energy schools.
Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, is one of the first zero energy schools on the east coast. This video tour of the school includes interviews from school officials and the architect responsible for delivering the school on-budget while meeting energy goals. Actual measured data shows that the school has been able to meet the zero energy criteria.
The driver for this small school to become zero energy started with a sustainability ethic based on the Quaker values of simplicity and stewardship. This school is an excellent example of rural schools.
Case study about how the U.S. General Services Administration successfully renovated the historic Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. GSA’s goals were to preserve the building’s historic features, and achieve Zero Energy Building status. This case study provides an overview of how reducing plug load energy helped achieve the Zero Energy Building status.
New Buildings Institute’s annual zero energy status update and zero energy buildings list.