Outdoor learning facility in Vermont goes for net-zero and LEED Platinum

August 17, 2011 |

The Burr and Burton Academy—a secondary school in Peru, Vt.—is undergoing expansion to achieve net-zero energy use and earn LEED Platinum certification. A design and construction team led by New Hampshire-based Bensonwood Homes will create a 3,600-sf outdoor educational facility on the school’s Mountain Campus. The structure, designed by Bensonwood lead architect Randall Walter, will be manufactured offsite and assembled on campus grounds, minimizing ecological disruption. An experienced producer of net-zero buildings, Bensonwood will incorporate its advanced sealing technologies and standard wall systems to achieve sustainability goals. Students will use the facility to study environmental science and outdoor leadership on 100 acres of wetlands, beaver ponds, forests, meadows, and streams.

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