Gallery: NYC’s First Zero Energy School: P.S. 62 in Staten Island Desig...

Thanks to Local Law 86, all of New York City’s civic buildings must be built to sustainable standards, but the School Construction Authority (SCA) was well ahead of the green game by the time that law was enacted in 2005. They had already been using efficient heating and cooling systems, light sensors, recycled materials, and more. The SCA has built more green buildings in the city than any other group, but they may have outdone themselves with their plans for P.S. 62, a net-zero energy elementary school on Staten Island. The city tapped SOM to design the 70,000-square-foot building, which is set to open in September 2015.

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  1. pk47 February 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

    This is a very interesting development. I was particularly encouraged to read that “…..it will serve as a lab to learn about sustainability and energy efficiency.” and “…..it’s still exciting to know that New York’s DOE wants our children to learn about sustainability at a young age.”.

    I could add that exposing our children to Energy Awareness at home, as well as at school, would have the greatest impact, and a very simple but highly effective way of doing that, is described at the GE ecomagination challenge website:

    http://challenge.ecomagination.com/ct/ct_list.bix?c=home

    The link to the idea is:

    http://challenge.ecomagination.com/home/Smart-and-Cute-Power-Monitor-