HMFH Architects

Massachusetts’ First Net-Positive Energy Public School Opens

Building Design + Construction features HMFH’s new net-positive energy elementary school in Westborough, MA, the first public school in New England to achieve this ambitious energy benchmark.

“This all-electric school consumes less than two-thirds of the energy used by a comparable code-compliant building. Its sustainable features include triple-glazed windows, roof and wall insulation that’s 40 percent above code requirements, 40 660-ft-deep geothermal close-loop wells, a 25,000-sf 508-kW solar PV array that’s integrated into the exterior architecture, LED lighting, high-efficiency mechanical systems designed to improve air quality, and a building management system that monitors and controls the mechanicals and lighting.

The school, which is shooting for LEED Gold and LEED Zero certifications, is a learning tool itself, with exhibits and visuals to educate students and visitors about the natural environment and sustainable practices.”

Read the full article to learn more about the net-positive energy elementary school.