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When "Zero" Means Everything! Affordable and Attainable Net Zero Energy Design Strategies

GBCI: 0920007123

Learn how Warren County's Richardsville Elementary, the nations first net-zero energy public school, was designed and constructed to achieve net-zero energy costs (and to earn money from the local utility).
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LEED AP BD+C
  • LEED AP O+M
  • LEED AP ID+C
  • LEED Green Associate

Rating system: v4, v2009

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Learn how Warren County's Richardsville Elementary, the nations first net-zero energy public school, was designed and constructed to achieve net-zero energy costs (and to earn money from the local utility).

Hear lessons learned from the design, construction and operation of an award-winning, precedent-setting K-12 school in Kentucky, including how the removal of fryers in the cafeteria contributed significantly to energy savings and helped improve student well-being.

Topics covered include:
1) Measuring energy costs and understanding average energy consumption for schools
2) Relative energy efficiency/improvement for Energy Star school versus LEED certified buildings versus net-zero ready versus net zero
3) Defining Net-Zero
4) Relative energy costs & usage for schools
5) How this school leads the way in more than energy savings
6) Solutions - site design and building orientation (SS), energy efficient systems (and awards for systems design)(EA, I), HP thermal envelope, geo-thermal HVAC + distributive pumping, outside air ventilation + demand control ventilation, daylighting - north and south classrooms, dark sky approach to lighting for unoccupied spaces(IEQ)
7) Healthy kitchen design in school + energy-free lunches (EA, WE)
8) Living Building Strategies & LIfe Cycle Evaluation (MR)
9) Photo voltaic system Phases 1 and 2, solar electric generation cost and savings (EA)
10) Three-dimensional teaching tools - "geothermal hall" + green screens (I)
11) Growing minds through Energy Teams
12) Examples of other net-zero ready schools in Kentucky.

Richardsville Elementary is a "three-dimensional teaching tool" for students to engage grown-up visitors and show them the school's daily energy usage and how the geothermal system heats and cools the school.

This course will demonstrate why net-zero schools are models for the future.

Objectives

  1. Understand average energy usage for schools, what "net-zero ready" means, how this school surpassed "green standards" to achieve net zero energy consumption.
  2. Articulate solutions used in the design and how they relate to the LEED credit categories Sustainable Sites: Site design and building orientation
  3. Articulate how the design relates to the LEED credit category Energy & Atmosphere: Energy efficient systems, thermal envelope, geothermal HVAC, air ventilation, insulated concrete forms, the PV (solar) system
  4. Discuss solutions used in the design and how they relate to the LEED credit categories Innovation, Water Efficiency: healthy kitchen design and energy-free lunches
  5. Understand how to utilize the school itself, dashboards and green screens as tools for educating students, staff, and visitors.
  6. Understand solutions for LEED credit category Indoor Environmental Quality, including daylight harvesting, computer power/control alternatives, dark sky approach for unoccupied bldg.
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Intermediate

Created by

USGBC Kentucky
Louisville, KY
United States

Leaders

Justin McElfresh

Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects, PLLC