Zero Energy Schools
Zero energy schools are designed to consume as little energy as possible and rely on a renewable energy source for their energy needs. Today, more education systems are opting for zero energy schools because of their increased savings, reduced environmental impact, and positive impact on students’ awareness of energy consumption and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Energy consumption represents one of the largest operational expenses to schools, second only to salaries. On average, zero energy schools use 65%–80% less energy than traditionally constructed schools, saving districts tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money each year.
In addition to financial benefits, zero energy schools create a more comfortable learning environment for students by providing better ventilation and more natural lighting. When students incorporate sustainable practices into their school routine, those actions may translate to their home life and encourage an interest in STEM fields critical to our future.