Richardsville Elementary - Bowling Green, Kentucky Photo Courtesy of Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects

K-12 Educational Facilities

High performance, sustainable design, and green buildings are mainstream terms these days with K-12 educational facilities. The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Schools rating system, developed by the U.S Green Building Council, takes into consideration the priority of creating a healthy environment for children and building green. Balancing these two measurable benchmarks can be achieved with Aircuity’s OptiNet system. The following schools have enhanced the indoor environmental quality for students and faculty and significantly reduced their annual energy costs. We are proud to be a part of their success.

Warren County School District – Kentucky

The Warren County School district is home to the nations first net-zero public school. Richardsville Elementary left their 1930’s building for one that features the latest environmentally friendly, 21st century design. The design teams collaborated to develop a net-zero concept that focused on drastically reducing energy consumption. One of the significant features of this design was the use of a dedicated fresh air system that delivers air to the space based on demand, as measured by Aircuity’s technology. Providing fresh air on demand has yielded savings beyond just energy needed to distribute and condition ventilation air. The goal between Warren County School District and Aircuity was to provide a great learning and working environment with the ability to save money and obtain LEED recognition. Richardsville Elementary will be applying for LEED  for Schools Gold rating. Kentucky’s success in designing and constructing energy efficient schools planted the seed for other net-zero energy schools.

Richardsville Elementary Case Study

Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Tony Hillerman Middle School was completed in the fall of 2009. The 170,000-square-foot building  reduced their environmental footprint and created a healthy learning environment for their 1,200 students. Aircuity’s OptiNet System and other sustainable approaches allowed the Middle School to achieve its sustainability goals while achieving LEED for Schools Gold rating. The Tony Hillerman Middle School incorporated the importance of efficiency and conservation into the curriculum, allowing the school to become an interactive teaching tool. The priority was to build a school facility that was efficient, cost effective, provided energy savings and a good educational environment.

Kenton County School District – Kentucky

The Turkey Foot Middle School in Edgewood, Kentucky opened in the fall of 2010. The state-wide initiative to cut costs within school districts reigned supreme in Kenton County. Aircuity’s OptiNet system along with other energy efficient measures provided the new middle school with a LEED for Schools Silver rating. Kentucky is now recognized as a national leader for the development of energy efficient public school construction and cutting edge energy projects. In addition, the project has received EPA’s “Designed to Earn the Energy Star” designation and ranked in the top 15% of energy efficient design projects.

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