Zero Energy Schools: Architects Take the Lead

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Zero energy schools are possible and practical, and architects are leading the way. Imagine a school so inviting that students want to come to school. Now imagine this school housed in a beautiful, light-filled building that produces more energy on an annual basis than it uses. Finally, imagine that the district built this school on the same budget as a conventional school, using typical materials, equipment, and tradespeople. Sound too good to be true Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, is living proof that zero energy (ZE) schools are feasible, affordable, and sensible.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5500-68882

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102017-5030


  • architects
  • Arlington Virginia
  • building efficiency
  • Discovery Elementary School
  • zero energy schools


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