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Zero Energy School Year


Posted on 08-24-2020


It's back to (zero energy) school, and energy consumption can be cut by 60%-80% in such schools.  In conventional school buildings, a big portion of tax payer money goes toward utility expense with energy being the second largest expense to schools.


The U.S. Department of Energy announced that the Better Building Initiative has helped save nearly $11 billion in energy cost savings.


Click on the following links to learn more about how schools are improving how they operate on a zero energy plan.


BUILDING BRIGHTER FUTURES THROUGH ZERO ENERGY: DISCOVERY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


Discovery Elementary is Arlington County's first zero-energy school, saving $100,000 annually in utility costs.


ADVANCED ENERGY DESIGN GUIDE - ACHIEVING ZERO ENERGY


This link gives guidelines for how to get K-12 schools on a zero energy plan including office space, class rooms, libraries, gym, hallways and more.


A GUIDE TO ZERO ENERGY READY K-12 SCHOOLS


A guide that was originally developed by DOE's ZESA, it outlines 8 steps to create a zero energy school.


 


To learn more about Zero Energy Schools visit the Better Buildings U.S. Department of Energy website:  https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/accelerators/zero-energy-schools


(photo credit:  Better Buildings website)


 


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