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
This project for the Lenawee Intermediate School District's Center for a Sustainable Future integrated the Agri-Science Horticultural programs with a sustainable curriculum. The resulting project was a Zero Energy facility that contains science laboratories. The 72 kW solar power system has outpaced the energy consumption by 30% in the first year of operation.
One system that successfully integrated the high-performance attributes of the school with its educational purpose is the “Vital Signs” monitor and display graphics. This system serves as a teaching tool, providing real-time data on the sustainable components of the building, such as the solar photovoltaic array and the mechanical and electrical systems, to the teachers and students to study environmental issues locally.
This successful project has been certified as LEED Platinum for its environmental design and has received a 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon award.