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Discovery Elementary: Zero Energy Is an A+ for Education (PDF)

Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, integrates zero energy performance with the curriculum across the elementary grades.

Odyssey Elementary: A Zero Energy Building Pays for Itself (PDF)

Odyssey Elementary is a large public school in an area of Utah with a growing population. Created as a prototype for the Davis School District, Odyssey is a zero energy building whose design has already been copied for two other new schools, both of which are targeting zero energy. It has a unique design with four “houses” (or classroom wings) featuring generously daylit classrooms.

Zero Energy With an Affordable Price Tag: Friends School of Portland (PDF)

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.

Richardsville Elementary School

Richardsville Elementary School is the first full-scale zero energy K-12 school in the United States. The school building, located in Kentucky's Warren County Public School District, uses many innovative strategies to conserve energy including dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) with dynamic reset, insulated concrete form (ICF) wall construction, daylighting, and ground source heat pumps, among others. The school has both thin film and crystalline silicon photovoltaic panels.

Case Study: Bertschi School Science Wing

This case study details the successful achievement of zero energy and Living Building Challenge certification.

Rethinking Daylighting: Richardsville Elementary School

"When designers of the first net zero energy school in the U.S. considered how they would approach the lighting design differently using today’s LED technology, the results extended far beyond just switching out the lightbulbs. The hypothetical redesign of Richardsville (Ky.) Elementary classrooms involves rethinking the daylighting design based on the evolution of LED lighting and the cheaper cost of photovoltaics (PV)."