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According to 2012 EPA data, the median Energy Use Intensity (EUI is the calculation of a building’s kbtu/ft2 per year) of a K-12 school was 123. Are you ready for the challenge of maintaining a net zero school – one that produces the same amount of energy onsite, or more, than they consume? In order to achieve net zero energy, a building would need an EUI of 20 or better. While this may seem challenging, it is extremely worthwhile when the long term benefits are considered.
With utility tracking software such as UtilityDirect, you can have your finger on the pulse of your schools’ utility cost and consumption, and have the opportunity to develop a sustainable conservation program. Net zero energy is being considered by more and more schools, and has become the reality for a few. Achieving the goals can include:
What are some of the strategies employed by schools striving for net zero energy usage?
What are the benefits of maintaining a net zero school?
Currently between 35 and 50 net zero energy schools are operating in the US, with more coming online each year. The cost of renewable and sustainable energy sources continues to decrease and is becoming increasingly affordable. How will your school embrace the opportunity of creating a sustainable energy conservation program? Feel free to share your experiences as you delve into sustainable energy at your organization.