Current school of thought Interior of net-zero designed Altmar-Parish-Williamstown school addition showing trombe wall. Sun shelves and angled ceiling distribute daylight throughout space. Photo courtesy of John Griebsch Photography.

Current school of thought

Maximizing energy efficiency through better architectural design.

Maximizing energy performance has an enormous impact on educational design. K-12 and higher education institutions build for the long term. So reducing operating costs has a significant impact on the financial health of those institutions. Energy performance also has significant environmental impacts, reducing carbon emissions and the issues with extraction of fossil fuels. Finally, maximizing the energy performance points in the LEED rating system is one of the best ways to increase yo

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