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Discovery Elementary in Arlington County, VA, a zero energy school.

DOE Resources Help Schools Save Energy

Resources such as the Technical Feasibility Study for Zero Energy K-12 Schools, developed through technical assistance partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), shows how K-12 schools can achieve zero energy within the construction budget of a conventional school across all U.S. climate zones with today’s technologies.

The Department of Energy offers several resources to K-12 schools that can help them dramatically slash their energy usage. According to a post at www.doe.gov, “The Energy Department’s Zero Energy Schools Accelerator provides school districts with technical guidance resources to help break down barriers towards achieving zero energy.  Resources such as the Technical Feasibility Study for Zero Energy K-12 Schools, developed through technical assistance partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), shows how K-12 schools can achieve zero energy within the construction budget of a conventional school across all U.S. climate zones with today’s technologies.”

In addition, DOE’s Zero Energy Schools Accelerator provides school districts with technical guidance resources to help break down barriers towards achieving zero energy.  Says DOE, “Resources such as the Technical Feasibility Study for Zero Energy K-12 Schools, developed through technical assistance partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), shows how K-12 schools can achieve zero energy within the construction budget of a conventional school across all U.S. climate zones with today’s technologies.”

The post also said DOE and NREL also recently provided support for the development of ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy intended for elementary, middle, and high schools interested in pursuing zero energy goals. Its lessons echo previous lessons from zero energy schools who successfully exhibited that zero energy schools are attainable within budgets comparable to those of traditionally built schools.

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