A new guide seeks to empower owners, contractors, consulting engineers, architects, designers, and administrators of K-12 school buildings to cost effectively achieve advanced levels of energy savings. The resource, “Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings – Achieving Zero Energy,” is the first in a series of guides tailored to the design and creation of zero-energy buildings.
As K−12 school budgets dwindle and energy costs rise, fewer resources are dedicated to school operations and maintenance. As a result, the health and performance of these buildings (and the students and staff inside) suffer.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored 12 North American schools as part of its 2016 Education Facility Design Awards. The winners have the latest design concepts tailored specifically for students, from early to higher education, and professional development facilities.
Natural lighting, 1200 solar panels, and the use of sustainable materials are some of the design features of a new school in Farmington, Utah. Located in Davis School District, Odyssey Elementary School was also designed to obtain Gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.