Gallery: America’s First Zero Energy School to Open This Month


Richardsville Elementary, a new LEED Platinum School in Kentucky, is getting extra credit by being the first zero energy school in the nation! Opening this month to much anticipation, the facility is a cornucopia of green building strategies and efficient technologies. The bread and butter of the school’s success are tremendous efficiency gains coupled with a 300 kW thin-film solar array. Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects have done and astonishing job of reducing the building’s energy consumption to one fourth of a typical school without breaking the bank.

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  1. jillmill83 October 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    GO GREEN! (your planet will thank you later)
    you pick up your trash after an afternoon in the park,you wait till dusk to mow your yard in the summer, you bring your own bags to the grocery,you recycle for goodness sake!! so, why are you still heating and cooling your home with the precious little amounts of the earths fossil fuels??? Geothermal technology allows the temperature of the earth to heat and cool your home. With this technology you not only receive hot water(yes..completely free..!!) but, also, your heating and cooling costs will lower dramatically most times, up to 60%!!!!
    call me, Jill or my husband Bobby, anytime, day or night with questions 317.345.7049…if we don’t answer right away, we’ll get right back with ya! or you can email, or… we love making the earth a better place to live, one install, one customer at a time!! check out our website too if you get a minute…
    thanks and have a great day!!
    Jill Miller

  2. mallory September 3, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    This is a great story! We just finished building the Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, CA which is seeking LEED for Schools Gold Certification from the USGBC.

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