The architecture firm 'SOM' just unveiled New York City's first zero-net energy school. In recent years, many architects have found innovative ways to make school buildings more energy efficient. This school takes the concept of sustainability to a whole new level by producing just as much energy as it consumes.
The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability is a 68,000 square-foot school located on Staten Island. The school features a large canopy with enough solar panels to generate power for the whole school. The school also features large windows and skylights that reduce the need for artificial light. The sustainable design ultimately allows the school to produce enough electricity to cover all of its needs.
The zero-net energy school demonstrates how public buildings can be designed in a way that reduces overall energy consumption.