Warren County Public Schools' goals were established in 2010 with WCPS' Richardsville Elementary - the first Zero Energy public school in the nation. Jennings Creek Elementary was designed to be the school district's second zero energy building. The building is now operating as a Net Zero educational facility, making it the most energy-efficient school in the State of Kentucky.
To meet the client's project goals, CMTA designed and commissioned Jennings Creek Elementary, and implemented an energy savings performance contract for the state-of-the-art zero energy building.
During the design process, high-efficient heat geo-exchange heat pumps and dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) were designed to exceed code requirements for energy and indoor air pollutants. The building envelope is comprised of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), a super-insulated roof (R-32), and passive-improved windows.
A green kitchen, ultra-efficient LED lighting design, and all the strategies listed above, allowed the renewable energy system to be drastically reduced to offset the building's energy consumption. Using a Data-Driven Design, the facilities modeled energy consumption and solar production was compared to the 15-minute interval data for Richardsville Elementary to compare the model to real-world data. The data was used to determine when the solar energy would offset building energy consumption versus being sold back to the utility. Utilizing this design method, the building's renewable energy systems were sized at a 330 kW photovoltaic roof-mounted system.
Jennings Creek Elementary was designed to be an energy-efficient building that also prioritizes Occupant Health and Wellness. Zone sensors monitor temperature, humidity, and CO2 levels to adjust the equipment's operating conditions, and bi-polar ionization devices were installed on each item of equipment to improve indoor air quality.
Jennings Creek Elementary has also been equipped with CMTA's occupant engagement dashboard, known as SPHERE. The immersive technology was created to inform building owners, students, and staff about the building's information and performance, while becoming a classroom teaching tool to coincide with WCPS' curriculum. 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.