Mansfield Elementary

Mansfield, Connecticut

Mansfield Elementary School is a new 80,000 square foot facility designed to be Connecticut's first new Zero Energy school. The school requires less maintenance, provides healthier air quality, and increases occupant productivity, all while saving Mansfield Public Schools in operating costs.

CMTA collaborated with the design team to optimize building orientation, the overall shape of the building, and key surface ratios, including overall exterior surface-to-floor area ratio and window-to-wall ratio. Between the original design and the final design, the building sur-face ratio was reduced by 40%, which will have a large impact on energy performance. Additionally, the team optimized insulating values of windows, walls and glazing, and reviewed solar heat mapping and daylighting concepts in the classrooms, reviewing glare and annual sunlight exposure was taken into account. 

Mansfield Elementary School will realize significant energy savings through the use of multiple strategies, including: optimum solar orientation, a tight building envelope, appropriate use of glazing, occupancy sensors and high performance HVAC systems. A roof-mounted solar photovoltaic array will offset the building’s utility demand so that it operates at Zero Energy.