Zero Energy Schools: The Challenges

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


School buildings have a lot of potential to achieve zero energy (ZE) in new construction as well as in retrofits. There are many examples of schools operating at ZE, and many technical resources available to guide school districts and their design and construction teams through the process. When school districts embark on the path to ZE, however, they often confront challenges related to processes and a perception that ZE buildings require 'new,' unconventional, and expensive technologies, materials, or equipment. Here are some of the challenges school districts and their design and construction teams commonly encounter, and the solutions they use to overcome them.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5500-68881

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102017-5029


  • building efficiency
  • challenges
  • solutions
  • zero energy school


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