Irving, Texas building state’s second net-zero school
Lee Elementary School, scheduled to open in fall 2014, will be net-zero-ready, and if the school board decides to sell district bonds and allow the purchase of additional solar panels, will be a true net-zero facility. The Irving, Texas building would be the state’s second net-zero public school.
The 95,633-sf school, projected to achieve LEED Gold certification, features geothermal wells to cool and heat the building. A wind turbine from an old power plant will be used on site.
“The decision to pursue a net-zero-ready environment was centered on the school being a learning tool where students would be able to learn about important concepts, such as sustainability, through their daily use of solar and wind power, geothermal energy, natural-day lighting, and rainwater collection,” says Sid Grant, assistant superintendent of business.
For more on net-zero K-12 schools, see BD+C's report "Net-zero movement gaining traction in U.S. schools market."
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