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.
"Several states and local agencies have integrated a zero net energy goal into their long-term energy policy and program strategies. This slide deck presents opportunities and lessons learned that can benefit states and local jurisdictions as they develop similar policies and programs."
Sandy Grove Middle School is designed to be the nation's first leased public school designed as a zero energy & LEED Platinum building. The building incorporates energy efficiency features such as high-efficiency HVAC systems, advanced envelope strategies, LED interior and exterior lighting, and renewable energy generation provided by roof-mounted PV panels. The building was constructed by a public-private partnership: a private company (First Floor K-12) financed and owns the building, while the local school district (Hoke County Schools) leases the school.
The Sacred Heart Academy Library is part of the Sacred Heart School's Lower and Middle School campus. The library is intended as an educational demonstration of the school's goal "to teach students to be stewards of the earth's resources." The library has achieved zero energy while meeting a very modest construction budget - in fact, all Zero Energy features, including photovoltaic panels, were included within the already established budget.
Maps and detailed statistics regarding green building adoption in markets throughout the U.S.
"The focus of [the energy use] section of the State of Montana report is to emphasize immediate and near term energy conservation and reduction opportunities that can be carried out on a building-by-building basis; furthermore, to recommend the use of actual energy consumption data to track the results of energy reduction efforts and identify buildings or campuses in need of a more detailed energy audit – aimed to identify causes of excessive energy use that are not readily discovered or observable to the naked eye."
"Responsive schools do not all look alike. To assess a school’s quality it is necessary to observe it in action. Thus, a checklist of observable items is appropriate for use by lay people and professionals. The assessment items represent evidence of the existence of ideal characteristics in the school’s physical environment necessary to support the developmental needs of K-12 students."
A five-step guide for successful achievement of zero energy, including tips for goal-setting, communication, and integrative process