INNOVATION MAKES US THE EDUCATED CHOICE
Introducing the Nation's FIRST NET-ZERO School
Richardsville Elementary, a 77,285 sq. ft. school located in Bowling Green, Kentucky built using NUDURA ICF concrete blocks, sets the standards for being the first of its kind in the United States. Utilizing NUDURA Insulated Concrete Forms for the high performance building envelope in conjunction with solar panels on the roof, allows Richardsville Elementary to harvest enough energy to offset the total energy consumed by the school, sending 300kw of power back to the grid.
Richardsville Elementary is designed to use only 18 kBtu/sq. ft.— 75 percent less annually than the ASHRAE 90.1 design standard for elementary schools.
The average U.S. Elementary School’s utility bill for one month is approx. $7000. Richardsville generated enough solar energy (in 8 sunny days in the course of a month) that they cover the utility charges each month and received a credit of roughly $40,000 (each year) from the utility company for selling the energy back each month.
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Distributor: Holdfast Technologies
Engineer: CMTA Engineering Consultants
Contractor: R.G. Anderson Company Inc.
Cost: $14 Million
Size: 72,285 sq. ft - Two-Storey
Other ICF Uses: Interior walls, fire walls, shear walls, load bearing walls
ACHIEVING NET-ZERO - KEY DESIGN ASPECTS:
- High performance building envelope with NUDURA ICF
- Solar panels
- Active Daylighting
- Geothermal HVAC and hot-water generation
- Energy Star-rated kitchen
- Efficient operation and maintenance plan
- Roof insulate value of R-32