Zero Energy Building Pays for Itself: Odyssey Elementary

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Odyssey Elementary is a large public school in an area of Utah with a growing population. Created as a prototype for the Davis School District, Odyssey is a zero energy building whose design has already been copied for two other new schools, both of which are targeting zero energy. It has a unique design with four 'houses' (or classroom wings) featuring generously daylit classrooms. This design contributes to the school's energy efficiency. In an effort to integrate positive messages about fitness into the learning environment, each house has a different take on the theme of 'bodies in motion' in the natural world. In a postoccupancy survey of parents, students, and teachers, more than 87% were satisfied with the building overall.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5500-68781

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102017-4976


  • building efficiency
  • Davis School District
  • Odyssey Elementary
  • Woods Cross, Utah
  • zero energy school


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