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Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Prefab Net-Zero Energy SEED Classroom to Debut

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh is about to debut a sustainable, net-zero, net-energy modular classroom – the second of its kind in the United States. Designed by Sustainable Education Every Day (SEED) Collaborative, the classrooms feature solar photovoltaic arrays, collect rainwater, use composting toilets and comply with the Living Building Challenge (LBC) standards. The Phipps SEED classroom follows the same design principles as the one in Seattle, which the SEED Collaborative built for the Perkins School. Both structures offer sustainably restorative learning spaces which produce their own water and energy. Each classroom features photovoltaics, whose number and capacity are pre-calculated to provide for their exact energy needs. Students can track the energy production and consumption through digital monitors and online dashboards to see the impact their behavior has on the data. Related: Sprout Space is an Award-Winning Prefab Modular Classroom by Perkins + Will Potable water treatment systems are also incorporated into the design. Rainwater is collected on the roof and stored in interior and exterior cisterns, the usage...

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