Geothermal system, energy-efficient elevator are key elements in first net-zero public high school in Rhode Island

The school will employ a geothermal system to heat and cool a portion of the building. Other energy-saving measures will include LED lighting, room occupancy sensors, and an energy-efficient elevator.

October 07, 2013 |
Jim Young

The new East Bay MET School in Newport will be the first net-zero public high school in Rhode Island. The school will employ a geothermal system to heat and cool a portion of the building. Other energy-saving measures will include LED lighting, room occupancy sensors, an energy-efficient elevator that uses half the power of a conventional elevator, and a highly insulated envelope that will prevent heat transfer.

Solar arrays built on and around the new school will provide 150 kilowatts of energy, enough for the 16,800 sf building’s entire electric and heating needs. The school should be ready to host classes beginning in January.

(http://www.ecori.org/green-groups/2013/9/25/new-met-plans-to-be-ris-first-net-zero-school.html)

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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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