Students at Brentwood School in Los Angeles will soon learn about energy savings every time they attend classes. The students are the first in the city to experience zero net energy classrooms. Four of Gen7’s green modular classrooms arrived at the school in late November.
In addition to being eligible for the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold certification, the buildings are expected to cut as much as 70 percent of the school’s overall energy usage. Net zero means the buildings produce all or more of the power that the buildings require.
Constructed entirely of recycled materials, the classrooms boast their own solar panels that will provide 100 percent of the building’s electricity. Along with the solar panels, additional features help cut down on the amount of energy used. Smart lighting system with the latest LED technology, large low-E view windows and skylights and occupancy sensors are all incorporated into the design.
As Los Angeles’ first zero net energy classrooms on a school campus, teachers will be able to incorporate many of the features into their science lesson plans. Each classroom is equipped with its own interactive smart board. And an “Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard” is being developed that will show the building’s performance data and be coordinated with student tutorials.