Zero Energy Schools

Sherman Carter Barnhart is a national leader in the design of Zero Energy, Zero Emerging, and Zero Energy Ready schools. Our 21E — 21st Century Education and Energy Schools — have been recognized by regional, national and international magazines and newspapers. School officials from across the globe have visited our schools to learn how we’ve successfully designed these buildings to cost the same to construct as traditional schools but save hundreds of thousands in energy costs over time.

Have questions?

We hope that’s why you’re here. We’ve produced this video to answer some of them. After watching the video, if you have more questions about how your district or school might benefit from the same techniques and savings, we hope you’ll reach out to Kenny Stanfield, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, kstanfield@scbarchitects.com or call  859-224-1351

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Did you know?

  • Schools spend more on energy than any other expense except personnel.
  • Sherman Carter Barnhart’s 21E schools cost the same as a conventionally built school.
  • 21E schools can lower a school district’s operating costs by up to 75%.

Energy is an expense schools can reduce without sacrificing educational quality. Knowing dollars saved in operating/energy costs can be invested directly into your STUDENTS’ needs is what drives Sherman Carter Barnhart’s focus on energy efficient/cost-saving school designs. Before attempting to reduce energy consumption in a building, designers must have a comprehensive understanding of what consumes energy. Sherman Carter Barnhart realizes that each design decision will have both a direct and indirect impact on the energy performance of the school. We analyzed where energy is consumed and found, on average, 22% of the energy consumed by a school can be attributed to the kitchen/cafeteria operations. To minimize this energy usage, we visited the Duke Energy – Customer Resource Center in North Carolina to develop design strategies to aid in reducing the energy consumed by a kitchen, including:

  • Specifying Energy Star or other performance-based rated equipment
  • Reducing or eliminating Type I hoods by eliminating grease-laden vapors
  • Utilizing variable speed hood monitoring for make-up air
  • Evaluating gas-fired versus electric equipment
  • Preparation and implementation of an energy-conscious kitchen operations strategy

Creating high performance, energy-efficient buildings involves all aspects of the design process. We believe in presenting strategies to our clients and working together to explore the factors that impact “first costs” as well as the “life cycle cost” of the design. We have the knowledge, experience, and real-world data to assist each client in evaluating all design decisions.

Want to learn more?

Reach out to Kenny Stanfield, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, kstanfield@scbarchitects.com or call  859-224-1351

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With our extensive experience in the design of student housing, Sherman Carter Barnhart knows creative design solutions will lead to better learning and a sense of community.

Over the next few days, we are going to highlight key design strategies.
They Aren't "Dorms" Anymore
Today’s college students embrace housing facilities that are lively, engaging, state-of-the-art, and sustainable.

Sherman Carter Barnhart's design solutions evaluate the entire campus and campus fabric to engage the residence hall with the university campus as a whole. Residence halls are not isolated but instead a key component to the campus. Residence halls are walkable, amenity-filled communities that more closely resemble a mixed-use apartment complex than what we once called a dormitory.
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With our extensive experience in the design of student housing, Sherman Carter Barnhart knows creative design solutions will lead to better learning and a sense of community.  Over the next few days, we are going to highlight key design strategies. 
They Arent Dorms Anymore
Today’s college students embrace housing facilities that are lively, engaging, state-of-the-art, and sustainable.  Sherman Carter Barnharts design solutions evaluate the entire campus and campus fabric to engage the residence hall with the university campus as a whole. Residence halls are not isolated but instead a key component to the campus.  Residence halls are walkable, amenity-filled communities that more closely resemble a mixed-use apartment complex than what we once called a dormitory.

 

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When I describe what it was like living in Haggin Hall (the old one) in '78 .... Oliver (son who lived in Lewis Hall as a freshman and still as a sophomore) just looks at me weird .... he just can't imagine .... nice work SCB !

Wish I could be a student now!

With our extensive experience in the design of student housing, Sherman Carter Barnhart knows creative design solutions will lead to better learning and a sense of community.

Over the next few days, we are going to highlight key design strategies.

Fostering Privacy & Community
It's a balancing act. On one side the majority of freshmen coming to campus have never shared a bedroom. They want to choose how and when they socialize. On the other side, university and college officials know a sense of community must exist for students to succeed.

Our design solutions provide a balance. Student rooms feature private sleeping and study areas coupled with community eating and socializing spaces. To continue to foster a sense of community, each residence hall features kitchens, lounges and study spaces.

To learn more about our student housing designs click here: www.scbarchitects.com/category/projects/student-housing/
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With our extensive experience in the design of student housing,  Sherman Carter Barnhart knows creative design solutions will lead to better learning and a sense of community.  Over the next few days, we are going to highlight key design strategies.  Fostering Privacy & Community
Its a balancing act. On one side the majority of freshmen coming to campus have never shared a bedroom. They want to choose how and when they socialize. On the other side, university and college officials know a sense of community must exist for students to succeed.  Our design solutions provide a balance. Student rooms feature private sleeping and study areas coupled with community eating and socializing spaces. To continue to foster a sense of community, each residence hall features kitchens, lounges and study spaces.  To learn more about our student housing designs click here: https://www.scbarchitects.com/category/projects/student-housing/

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