Sylvia Wallis presents with Green Technology
Zero Energy K-12 Schools as Catalysts for Change: the AEDG Path to Success
Thu, Jun 28, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM PDT
As the State of California moves rapidly towards zero energy standards for construction, a much-needed guide towards widespread adoption of these goals for the K-12 sector has been provided by the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Zero Energy K-12 Schools, through a collaboration of the AIA, ASHRAE, IES, and USGBC, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy. This webinar will introduce the guide, highlighting the benefits of zero energy design for building cost effective high-performance learning environments. Addressed to all stakeholders in K-12 zero energy schools, including school boards, administrators, and educators, the guide demonstrates the feasibility of building highly energy efficient Zero Energy K-12 schools now across all climate zones in the US using technologies available to institutional K-12 clients. The recommendations are backed up by building simulations, undertaken by NREL, of prototype schools for all climates. The guide then elaborates on the key planning, design and procurement strategies to ensure the success of zero energy projects from initial team setup and project definition through post occupancy commissioning and user engagement. Achieving high energy efficiency is prioritized before renewable energy is added to a project. Beyond achieving superior energy performance, the zero energy systems and policies must always be aligned with the educational mission of the school. The webinar will demonstrate how the successful zero energy K-12 school creates a community of active participants, building awareness, inspiration, consensus, and technical know-how to achieve common goals of environmental stewardship.