French School Design Shoots For Net Zero Energy Usage

Passive solar orientation + photovoltaic panels = zero emissions: that’s the math that elemetary school kids in City of Saint-Ouen, France are going to be learning with the construction of a new zero emissions public school, according to Ecofriend.

South-facing classrooms and playgrounds will make maximum use of passive solar energy for efficient heating and cooling throughout the year and throughout the day, ensuring that students stay comfortable during their studies. This smart and simple use of spatial positioning will also make it possible to increase the surface area on the south required for photovoltaic panels by integrating them into the architecture of a covered playground, which will power the school.

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image via Ecofriend

The project, drawn up by Mikou Design Studio, was designed to be emblematic of the sustainable development of Saint-Ouen’s Zac des Docks project. The development is slated to begin construction this year and is expected to be complete by 2013, at a cost of nearly $15 million.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.