Jennings Creek Elementary

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Jennings Creek Elementary is a new 750 student, public school located in a rural school district. Warren County is a progressive district when it comes to energy efficiency and zero energy buildings. It all started back in 2010 with Richardsville Elementary, which was the first zero energy public school in the nation. This will be Warren County’s second zero energy school and the nation’s first zero energy project with the renewable energy funded through an ESCO.

High efficient heat geo-exchange heat pumps and Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) have been designed to exceed code requirements for energy and indoor air pollutants in order to enhance cognitive performance in addition to occupant wellness. The building envelope is comprised of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), super insulated roof (R-32), and passive improved windows. In addition to the above strategies, a green kitchen and ultra-efficient LED lighting design, the renewable energy system could be drastically reduced. The building’s renewable energy systems consist of a roof mounted 337.5kW photovoltaic system. 

Sphere, CMTA’s occupant engagement dashboard will help inform students and integrate curriculum on a daily basis. The learning spaces included a “Maker Space” and group work stations to promote collaborative learning. Flexible seating options were also used to cater to different student learning styles.