Gallery: Stunning Zero Plus Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy

The design for the building was based on a traditional triple-roofed Polynesian design -- a steep sloping roof in the back, a lower sloping roof in the middle, then a covered lanai front. The theory is that all the hot air rises up to the highest point in the roof and escapes out.

Photo credit ©Flansburgh Architects

The living laboratory is powered by renewable energy, with solar panels on the roof and a couple small-scale wind turbines on the hill behind the school. The Energy Lab actually only uses 8% of the power it generates, while the rest is fed into the grid and goes to power the rest of the buildings at the academy, making it a zero plus facility.


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  1. polaris kyo July 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Definitely jealous! +_+

  2. dano June 28, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    The design was by the architects but credit for the conceptual design goes to Dr. Bill Wiecking, who runs the Energy Lab and the computer lab. More details about the Energy Lab are and . Watch the video for more about what he envisions it to be and what it teaches. “We shape our buildings and our buildings shape us.” Note also that if you are on Hawai’i you can go on a tour of the lab.

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