Richardsville Elementary School

Richardsville Elementary School

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Warren County Board of Education · Bowling Green, Kentucky

  • First Net Zero Energy School In the U.S.
  • Energy Star Certified
  • Pursuing LEED®  Gold Certification

  • Energy Star Performance Rating of 100
  • Grades P - 5/ 500 students
  • 72,285SF


  • Building As A Teaching Tool
    • The “geothermal hallway” with exposed system components displays temperature gauges to watch the earth at work.
    • A “solar hallway” allow students to see the amount of energy transferred from the sun to laptop batteries.
    • A “water conservation hallway” displays rainwater collection and filtration through site bioswales.
    • A “recycling hallway” with bins allow students to measure recycling quantities.
  • Flexible Learning through Technology Initiatives
    • The integration of laptops and iPads combined with Wi-Fi access, creates building transparency providing students the ability to obtain knowledge beyond the classroom walls

High Performance Elements include:

  • North-south building orientation enhances daylighting/maximizes solar panel performance
  • The building is compact in configuration and volume.
  • ICF (Insulated Concrete) walls
  • Super Insulated R-32 roof
  • Geothermal HVAC With Distributive Pumping
  • Occupancy, Motion & CO2 Monitoring Controls
  • Active daylighting with light shelves and Solatubes®
  • A central clerestory harvests light from corridors and redirects it into high volume spaces.
  • 394 kw Solar Panels generated from two locations - the roof and a mono-crystalline shade structure
  • Kitchen Strategies: Energy Star rated equipment; combi-ovens in lieu of fryers and tilting skillets eliminate Class 1 hoods and minimize energy costs.
  • Renewable Materials: Soy-based stained concrete and porcelain pavers were used especially in high traffic areas of the school.
  • Monitoring Controls: Occupancy, motion, and CO2 monitoring reducing energy demands.
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