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Overcoming Obstacles on the Path to Zero Net Energy Schools

Featured in the Annual Green Supplement of High Profile, HMFH Principal Julia Nugent provides strategies for successfully designing and implementing a Zero Net Energy building— a task that is often considered cost prohibitive and technically challenging.

With an increased demand for sustainable, low-carbon design, many communities are looking for practical, cost-effective ways to apply concepts such as Fossil Fuel Free and Zero Net Energy. HMFH’s new Annie E. Fales Elementary School in Westborough, MA goes a step further, and is on track to be the first Positive Net Energy public school in New England, producing 10% more energy than required to operate the school itself. Using Fales as a precedent, Julia clearly identifies critical steps throughout the planning and design process that allow a Positive Net Energy school to be technically and financially viable.

Read the article here.