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Richard J. Lee Elementary School is Texas First Net-Zero School

On Sept. 27, 2014, Stantec brought together the community to showcase Richard J.  Lee Elementary School in Coppell ISD, a healthier, more sustainable learning environment that is the FIRST Net-Zero elementary school in Texas.

The school’s building plan deviates from a traditional elementary school model to create small, multi-grade learning communities and centralized collaboration and presentation space in lieu of a traditional library. Flexible learning environments include an outdoor learning lab and outdoor classroom. Chantel Renea Kastrounis, who has been named principal for the new school, explained, “Net zero means that if our school is operated in the way that it is built and designed that the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is about equal to the amount of renewable energy our building creates.” “We will capture energy through solar panels on the roof and heat and cool the building through geothermal means. Daylight harvesting and water recapture for irrigation and toilet flushing will be utilized.”

Furthermore, the school will be LEED Gold certified. “We will be aiming for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification and will use the school as a tool for learning inside and outside of classrooms,” the principal said. “Our learners will be grouped in five K-5 vertical houses throughout the building where there are flexible uses of space and furnishings. Five collabs are in each house where learners can work together to learn from one another in small groups.

The school chose to showcase this school on Green Apple Day of Service, an initiative from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, because it’s a day which brings together advocates from around the world and encourages them to take action in their communities through service projects at local schools. 

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