Photo: Nick Rizzi for DNAinfoAfter four years of anticipation, class is now in session at New York's first net-zero energy school. As reported by DNAinfo, Staten Island's P.S. 62 is an impressive monument to energy-efficient architecture that will also serve to educate children about green building. Designed by SOM, the new structure is decked out in enough solar panels to generate power for the entire building, eventually making it a net-zero energy school.
In addition to solar panels, the one-of-a-kind school, which will serve 444 primary age students, was built with geo-thermal wells to heat and cool water. The windows in each classroom were strategically placed in order to allow the optimal amount of natural light, further cutting the building’s electricity use. Children will also be able to enjoy the school’s green roof, vegetable garden, and walking track.
Architect Roger Duffy said his team will be working with the school for several years to ensure that it will eventually reach the team’s “net-zero” objective. “It’s going to take us a couple of years to tune the building to the point until its running at a net-zero capacity. Even though the students are in there, it’s going to take a while to fine tune this apparatus to achieve the goals we set up.”
Duffy also told DNAinfo that the school is “future proofed”, meaning that the building will be compatible with new green technologies in the future. Thanks to its impressive array of sustainable and energy-generating features, P.S 62 will also serve as a model for other school’s to hopefully follow suit.
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