Middle School in Irving is largest net zero energy school in the nation! Beautiful too…
What if a school could be designed and built to produce as much energy (on site) as it consumes from the electric grid? What if there was little or no need for electricity for use of air-conditioning, lighting or power? Limited gas bill for heating, hot water, or cooking food and no water bill for ground irrigation?
Texas is known for the Alamo, spicy Tex-Mex food, big Stetson hats, and now it also has the nation’s largest net-zero public school. Welcoming its first students this past fall, the Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving Texas is a 152,000 square foot facility that produces as much energy as it uses thanks to wind turbines, solar panels, and a slew of the most advanced green technologies and building techniques. Dallas-based firm Corgan Associates led the design team, which incorporated a variety of experts to create a school that serves not only as a classroom, but also as a teacher of sustainability and energy-efficiency.
Solar will light nation’s largest net-zero school
When Lady Bird Johnson Middle School in Irving, Texas, opens in August, a 583-kilowatt solar photovoltaic installation will help to make it the largest net-zero school in the country.
Net-zero means the school will produce as much energy as it uses, drawing nothing from the communal electricity grid.
"We’re really excited," said Scott Layne, assistant superintendent in charge of operations for the Irving Independent School District. "We know we’re going to be the first net-zero school in Texas. And we may be the only middle school in the country."
The school will open in August with 800 students and is built to hold up to 1,000, Layne said.
Lady Bird Johnson Middle School – Irving, Texas