Energy + Performance
The Acton Boxborough Regional School District has a deep commitment to sustainability in it’s construction and operations of buildings. When ABRSD learned about the concept of Triple Net Zero (energy, water, and waste), they were intrigued to understand how this would play into their planning for new schools. They decided that triple net zero should be a goal for how they developed two new elementary schools. Come explore the journey of this project. The school district will discuss why and how they pursued triple net zero as well as the community engagement process. The design team will explore net zero definitions, user engagement in the design process, and challenges and solutions to design strategies. They will discuss how to balance the demands for building area, financing, and site area (including building footprint, geothermal wells, water collection and treatment, waste collection, and photovoltaics).