Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington, Kentucky operates with an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) that is 60% lower than the average K-12 school. The new high school was completed in 2017 in partnership with Tate Hill Jacobs and CMTA Engineers.
Some sustainability features include:
All available roof area of the building can accommodate installation of photovoltaic panels, to offset at least 50% of the school’s energy use.
A geothermal heating system and insulated concrete forms create additional energy efficiency.
High-volume low-velocity fans supplement air circulation in the two-story cafeteria, gymnasium, and auxiliary gymnasium. The increased air velocity allows for a higher space temperature setpoint during the warm seasons, saving compressor cooling energy.
A demand-control ventilation system uses individual CO2 sensors in each occupied space, which directs the outside air supply based on the location of occupants.