Achieving Zero Energy on Discovery has led APS to set new energy performance goals on all future projects. Where feasible, Zero Energy will be a goal of every project.
One of the Most Sustainable Schools in the Nation
CMTA is a national pioneer in the development of Zero Energy buildings, having engineered more than 4 Million square feet of Zero Energy projects across the country. In 2010, Richardsville Elementary was introduced as the first Zero Energy school in the United States, annually generating more energy than it consumes and feeding the excess energy back into the grid.
Our Zero Energy design philosophy is simple: first achieve drastic energy results, then consider options for renewable energy.
This strategy allows smaller renewable power systems to be installed, and is the basis for creating financial models that are worth the clients' investment.
Since that groundbreaking project in 2010, CMTA has been proud to design and construct Zero Energy projects in different climate zones across the country. Our most recent Zero Energy buildings are the Cincinnati Police Headquarters and Discovery Elementary School, winners of the 2017 and 2018 ASHRAE National Technology Awards. Discovery Elementary was recently certified as a LEED Zero Energy school by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This certification makes Discovery the first school and third building to ever reach LEED Zero status. Discovery Elementary also received an AIA COTE Award in 2016.