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.

December 16, 2013 |
Jim Young

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.

(http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/irving/headlines/20130920-coppell-isd-on-path-to-build-states-next-net-zero-school.ece)

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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Jim Young | Net Zero Future

About the Author: A seasoned industry leader, Young combines deep understanding of both lighting and controls.  Currently VP of Sales and Marketing for WattStopper, Young formerly served in a series of senior positions with Acuity Brands®, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of the company's specialty lighting group.  He graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in planning and energy management. 

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